As you may be able to guess from the name, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is a variant of the Galaxy S8 for those who maintain a very active lifestyle. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active parades a rugged design, a large Quad HD display, and a flagship Qualcomm processor.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Key Specs & Features
- 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Display, 1440 x 2560 pixels (506ppi)
- Octa-core 10nm-class chipset (Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Android 7.0 (Nougat) with 4GB RAM
- 64GB Storage with support for memory card up to 256GB
- 12MP Rear Camera and 8MP Front Camera
- Fingerprint Sensor (Rear), Iris Scan
- LTE Data (up to 600 Mbps download)
- 4000 mAh Battery with Fast Charging
Design and Display
Looking at the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, you will see a device that is not built to win a beauty contest. But this doesn’t mean it’s shabby – not by any chance.
Samsung Galaxy s8 Active has extra durable metal frame and loses the glass on the rear for tough plastic.
The bumper that protects against shock also comes in thicker. You have a device built to military standards and able to survive multiple drops. An IP68 rating means it can stay in 1.5-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes without issues.
The 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display should offer super sharp images with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The shatter-resistant screen protects against drops from a height of up to five feet.
Camera and Storage
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active looks ready to deliver image quality comparable to what the S8 and its Plus sibling can offer. On the rear is the 12MP camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilisation (OIS). It supports simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording capability.
The 8MP front facing camera also has an aperture size of f/1.7 and features autofocus. It boasts Auto HDR, dual video call and 2K video recording capability.
Hardware and Software
This is a flagship smartphone. So, it is not surprising to see the Samsung Galaxy s8 Active packing an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The 64-bit CPU combines with an Adreno 540 graphics solution, a good sign for gaming performance. Onboard storage is 64 GB and is expandable up to 256 GB. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active boots Android 7.0 Nougat OS with TouchWiz UI.
The rugged beast offers solid biometric authentication, with Iris (eye) and fingerprint scanners available. It comes with a humongous 4,000mAh Li-Ion battery rated to last up to 32 hours of talk time on a charge. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active supports Quick Charge 2.0 technology.
The device works on 4G LTE networks. It supports dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.1.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will support LTE on all networks in Nigeria including MTN, Glo Mobile, 9Mobile, Smile, interC, and NTel.
Pricing and Availability
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active launched on August 11, 2017 for $850 for a limited time exclusivity on AT&T in the United States.