Samsung adds a suit of armor to its flagship with the Galaxy S7 Active


Samsung has announced the Galaxy S7 Active, the AT&T-exclusive ruggedized version of its best-selling Galaxy S7. Anandtech reports that the new phone's specs are pretty close to the original S7's, and that's a good thing given the regular version's performance and popularity.

The regular Galaxy S7 already has an IP68 rating for its dust resistance and ability to survive being submerged in up to a meter and a half of water. According to Anandtech, the S7 Active adds improved shatter resistance, shock resistance, and an extended operating temperature range. That extra durability lets it meet the MIL-STD-810G certification for ruggedized phones.

Like we noted earlier, the S7 active is built around the same guts as the regular S7. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of LPDDR4 memory, and 32GB of onboard storage. Android 6.0 Marshmallow (with Samsung's TouchWiz skin) gets a 5.1" Super AMOLED canvas to play on. Unfortunately, the Active's 4000-mAh battery isn't removable, presumably to help the device's environmental certifications. On the other hand, the ruggedized phone still comes with a microSD slot, a feature that the S6 Active lacked.

AT&T already lists the phone with a limited set of specs and a note that the device is "coming soon." The S7 Active will be available in "sandy gold," "camo green," and "titanium gray" finishes. Neither AT&T nor Anandtech give any indication of when the device will arrive or at what price.

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