Samsung on Tuesday announced its rugged smartphone, the Galaxy S8 Active, is making its way to T-Mobile and Sprint after being an AT&T exclusive.
When Samsung first introduced the Active version to its Galaxy S line starting with S4 Active back in 2013, it was an AT&T exclusive. That continued with the S7 Active and even the S8 Active, but now it will be available through T-Mobile and Sprint for the first time ever. That means that S8 Active will be available through most major U.S. carriers.
T-Mobile and Sprint will carry the Meteor Gray variant.
The Galaxy S8 Active packs the innards of the Galaxy S8 inside of a rugged exterior that is meant to be the perfect outdoors device. Here’s a quick rundown of its top-end specifications:
- 5.8-inch QuadHD Super AMOLED shatter resistant display
- Military grade body made of high-strength aluminum and protective edge bumpers
- Snapdragon 835 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 64GB of storage with MicroSD expandability
- 12MP camera
- Fingerperint scanner
- 4,000mAh battery
Aside from the rugged body, the only major difference between the S8 and S8 Active is the impressive increase in battery size. You get a massive 4,000mAh battery with the Galaxy S8 Active.
The Galaxy S8 Active will be available through T-Mobile and Sprint some time later this month, but a specific date was not revealed. Both carriers will offer the device through monthly installment plans, or it can purchased outright at $849.99.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly identified the Galaxy S6 Active as the first model in the Active line. It has been corrected to Galaxy S4 Active.