AT&T announces the rugged Galaxy S7 Active

4:06:00 PM Dick Wyn Yong 0 Comments

Samsung has been making 'active' variants of their flagship phones for AT&T since the Galaxy S4 launched and it comes to no surprise that AT&T is announcing the Galaxy S7 Active. What's special this year is that AT&T is naming the Galaxy S7 Active the 'Toughest Galaxy Device Ever' and that claim is backed up by a MIL-STD-810G certification that promises to protect the device from salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock.

While the Galaxy S7 Active doesn't come with a fancy curved display, Samsung did include a new shatterproof display atop of the Gorilla Glass 4 to enable the device to withstand drops of up to 5 feet. Similar to last year's Galaxy S6 Active, the new Galaxy S7 Active also comes with an additional button on the left side that can be configured to do specific tasks.

Furthermore, Samsung improved upon last year's model by including a fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S7 Active which will work with Samsung Pay. But beyond the polycarbonate in place of the glass on the regular Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S7 Active is very much identical to the former in terms of internals.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Key Specifications:

— 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 sAMOLED display
— Snapdragon 820 SoC
— 32G/64GB expandable memory
— 12MP f1.7 Dual pixel rear camera with OIS
— 5MP f1.7 front camera
— IP68 + MIL-SDT-810G certification
— 4,000mAh battery with wireless charging
— 142.4 x 69.6 x 9.9mm (185g)
— Fingerprint scanner with Samsung Pay
—  Camo Green, Titanium Gray, Sandy Gold

You'll still enjoy the power of the Snapdragon 820 SoC alongside the industry leading 12MP rear camera but the battery is still not replaceable. The good news is that Samsung did bump up the battery size from 3,000mAh to 4,000mAh and the Galaxy S7 Active will still support Wireless Charging and Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 Active will be exclusive to AT&T and the carrier will begin offering the device starting this Friday (June 10) for US$ 750 or as low as $26.50 on AT&T's Next plan.