We came today with The Galaxy S8 Active. It is coming to Sprint and T-Mobile later this month, after an initial exclusivity period at AT&T. Samsung has not put an exact date on when to expect the expanded carrier availability, or how much it’ll cost, but if it’s anything like buying it via AT&T, expect to pay somewhere in the $850 ballpark.
The news isn’t too surprising: Samsung said that the S8 Active would only be exclusive to AT&T for a limited time. But given that the previous Active variants of phones — such as the S7 and S6 — were only available at AT&T, it’s a welcome change for anyone looking for a more durable smartphone.
The S8 Active has a thick metal-and-plastic body of past phones in the Active line, reinforced corners and a “shatterproof” screen similar to the Moto Z2 Force. These traits inherently protect the S8 Active from drops and spills.
Also, This year’s model loses the three physical navigation buttons below the screen, which came in handy when you’re wearing gloves or your hands are wet and the screen won’t respond to your taps. Samsung made the change to give the Active a full-face display like the S8; buttons take up valuable screen space. although I like the screen real estate, I miss the buttons; they were a major part of the Active’s identity.
Galaxy S8 Active Availability:
Like the AT&T variant, the Sprint and T-Mobile models will offer the same shatter-resistant screen, water and dust resistance, and a larger 4,000mAh battery to differentiate it from the stock S8. Those changes come at a cost. The S8 Active features a flat 5.8-inch quad HD super AMOLED panel.
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