1tCan Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active Stand Out as a Rugged Smartphone?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has quickly become one of the more appealing—and successful—high-end smartphones on the market. But Samsung isn’t done yet. The company is planning a new version this summer called the Galaxy S8 Active. The handset, which will be designed with those more prone to damaging their devices in mind, will have a similar design to the Galaxy S8 but offer far more protection. Under the hood, its components will be better protected against water or particle intrusion than those in the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 Active will deliver essential changes to Samsung’s popular handset. And this eWEEK slide show will discuss some of the rumors surrounding the handset.
2The Same Design Philosophy
3A Rugged Design
Ruggedness separates the Galaxy S Active from the Galaxy S. With the Galaxy S8 Active, users can take advantage of the additional protection in the Active versions. The Galaxy S8 Active will be far more shock- and crack-proof than the Galaxy S8, and also might be better at keeping liquid and dust out of the case.
4Expect to Find Android Nougat
5Bixby Will Be Included
Samsung’s virtual personal assistant Bixby will come with the Galaxy S8 Active. Bixby allows users to make to-do lists, of course, but it also provides contextual information about products, shopping help and on-the-fly language translations. It’s a high-powered virtual assistant found only on Samsung products.
6An Important Display Choice
7Don’t Expect Such a Thin Device
8Cameras Will Still Matter
Samsung has always included solid front- and rear-facing cameras to deliver impressive picture quality in the Active line. The same is likely true this year, though the company likely will opt for the dual-pixel camera found in the Galaxy S8 rather than the dual-lens design expected in the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
9Carrier Agnosticism, Perhaps?
One of the big questions surrounding the Galaxy S8 Active is whether it will work on any carrier network. An unlocked device would allow for access on Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon. A locked version would force users into one carrier network. It should be interesting to see what Samsung chooses.
10Some Battery-Charging Features
11Some Release Date Hints
Some questions linger over Samsung’s release date for the Galaxy S8 Active. A recent leak on its site revealed the device will be unveiled in June or July. When that happens, expect it to cost around the same as the Galaxy S8, which costs $750, or the Galaxy S8+, which goes for $850.