AT&T has announced that the ruggedized Active version of Samsung's Galaxy S6 flagship will be available exclusively on its network. The specs suggest this new Active variant isn't a big departure from the base model, which isn't at all a bad thing.
The 5.1" 2560x1440 Super AMOLED screen remains, and the "octa-core" processor is presumably the same Exynos SoC as in the standard Galaxy S6. However, the Active adds IP68 and MIL-STD-810G certifications. The MIL spec includes provisions for thermal, vibration, and shock protection, while the IP certification guarantees that the device can swim at a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. Sealing against liquids also prevents dust bunnies from entering the case.
This particular headset doesn't following the current trend of shaving off battery life for thinness' sake. It's equipped with a 3,500MAh battery with 40% more capacity than the standard S6 model. There's no official word on weight or thickness, but judging from the expanded battery and the protective case, the Active is bound to be heavier and thicker than the regular model.
On the software front, the S6 Active is loaded with Touch-Wizzed Android 5.0.2 out of the box. Available exterior finishes are Camo White, Camo Blue, and plain gray.
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