It has been months of speculations but finally it is here – the rough and tough Samsung Galaxy S7 Active that is exclusive to AT&T.
It is not the first time these two companies have collaborated in making a tougher version of the Galaxy S flagships – it has been happening since the release of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. While previous versions concentrated much on the toughness of the phone, the latest additions have been taking care of the performance aspect as well. Samsung Galaxy S6 Active kept the same performance specs used on the standard S6 but improved on the battery capacity as well as the robustness of the phone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active takes the same direction, sticking to AT&T as the sole seller of the phone. In fact, this might not change for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Active handsets. Other aspects of the Galaxy S7 Active include carrying a flagship Snapdragon 820 SoC that is supported by an Adreno 530 graphics unit as well as a RAM of 4GB. This is the same spec sheet you get under the hood of the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S7.
There are no changes in terms of the storage options available. Just like the standard version, you will be able to get onboard storage of 32GB and it can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 200GB.
Some rumors were pointing towards a larger screen for the Galaxy S7 Active, especially when compared to the S7. However, it seems the company stuck with the same 5.1-inch Super AMOLED panel with QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels.
There are no changes in the smartphone’s camera specs when compared to the already released Samsung Galaxy S7. There is a 12MP primary camera and 5MP secondary camera.
Rough and tough, but still top class
“Rough and tough” are the best words to describe the design of Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. Of course, this has been the way for previous Active models, but as for the latest version, things are one more step higher. You get a shatter-proof screen that will keep the panel unharmed in cases of accidental drops of up to 5 feet. Like the standard version, you also get IP68 water and dust resistance certification.
Other features you get on Samsung Galaxy S7 Active include a fingerprint scanner, a massive 4000mAh battery unit, Bluetooth v4.0 and 4G LTE, among others. Samsung also stuck with microUSB connectivity instead of the new USB Type-C.
If interested in the new Galaxy S7 Active, AT&T will start selling the phone this Friday 10. There is also room to book one from the carrier’s online store. The S7 Active is valued at $26.50 on a contract of 30 months whereas 24-month will cost you $33.13 per month. As for the color variants, you get Camo Green, Sandy Gold and Titanium Grey.