The two Samsung Galaxy S8 phones are real beauties and that’s no doubt. The way Samsung put together glass and metal, blending in with a display that has curved edges and close to no bezels on the top and bottom ends, is just amazing.
With the entire body’s material combination coming with an IP68-certification, you don’t even have to worry about getting wet when donning either of the two Galaxy S8 phones. This certification means that the Galaxy S8 can survive a dive of up to 30 minutes in water that is about 1.5 meters deep.
Picking up from where last year’s Galaxy S7 left off, the S8 and S8+ have cameras that can easily take the place of a professional camera when need there be. There’s a 12MP camera on the back and this sensor keeps the same f/1.7 aperture used on the S7. You also get OIS, PDAF and dual-tone LED flash. This camera can record videos of up to 4K. For selfies, the S8 twins give you an 8MP sensor with the same aperture, which is one selfie shooter that will be almost impossible to beat.
Under the hood, Samsung Galaxy S8 has the most powerful smartphone processor today, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and this is paired with a RAM of 4GB. The storage has been upped from 32GB to 64GB and you still get a microSD card slot. Samsung’s team did a great job fitting a massive 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen on a frame that is just 148.9mm tall. Given that this screen – and glass back – has Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection, it won’t be easy to crack or scratch, but it can for sure break.
Despite everything, one might be afraid of holding a Samsung Galaxy S8 in their hand, especially people that can hardly end a day without dropping their phones. If you have kids around your phone, you may want to stay off the Galaxy S8. It is hard to imagine this real beauty, coupled with the fact that it costs a massive $750 – or even more in some countries – falling down onto a slab.
But like last year, there is an escape route for this group thanks to AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. If the latest report is to be believed, this rugged version of the Galaxy S8 should be announced really soon. The phone has appeared in a user agent string with model number SM-G892A, an indicator that it’s going to be a real thing very soon.
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Active was released in June and given that it’s May, it’s indeed a perfect timing for the S8 Active to come in. The S7 Active kept the entire specs of the standard S7, but other than having an IP68-certified body, the phone also passed a MIL-STD-810G test that adds resistance against salt, humidity, dust, rain, solar radiation, vibration and even transport and thermal shocks.
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Since the design of the two Galaxy S8 phones is the same, it’ll be interesting to see if Samsung will keep the same design for the S8 Active as it looks to keep the rugged USP of the phone.
As you may know by now, Samsung Galaxy S8 Active should remain to be an AT&T exclusive, just like it has been in the past. The phone should keep the same internal specs as its counterparts, but it’s possible that Samsung will keep its tradition of shipping the Active variants with a larger battery unit alongside an Active key. If the latter feature is maintained, it will mean the S8 Active will even more keys on the sides, including the one for Bixby.
There was some talk of the possibility of this rugged version heading to all carriers in the U.S., but Samsung has remained silent on the matter. For now, it’s safe to assume that the Galaxy S8 Active will be an AT&T-exclusive.