For the fourth year in a row, Samsung is planning to release a rugged version of their flagship, aimed at those users who want a top notch smartphone, able to survive even in the most difficult environmental conditions. Or they’re just a bit clumsy and can easily drop it and shatter those beautiful glass panels covering it, your call.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is rumored to make its debut next month, initially as an AT&T exclusive. However, let’s not forget that one of the main attractions of the Active series is the water resistance, a feature which is present on the regular S7’s spec sheet as well, so you might be wondering what’s the whole purpose of releasing this phone. Don’t worry, we had it all sorted for you.
First of all, we need to make the whole water resistance thing clear. The regular Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with an IP68 certification, which makes it dustproof and water resistant, up to one meter, for just 30 minutes. Currently, the phone is listed on GSM Arena and the spec sheet mentions the same certification, but rumors say that it’s expected to offer even greater protection when it comes to its diving abilities.
Moving on, another certification the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active will feature is MIL-STD-810G, meaning that it will be salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant. To be more specific, this type of certification is also used by the United States Department of Defense on products designed for military purposes, so we have all the reasons to say that this phone will be a pretty damn tough one. As a side note, the previous model, Galaxy S6 Active, also had this certification and as the multiple testes performed on it by reviewers revealed, it was pretty hard to crack.
Finally, another difference we expect is a bigger battery. Samsung pleasantly surprised everybody a few months ago with the S7’s battery capacity, which was increased, compared to the previous generation, while the design was slimmed down. Last year’s Galaxy S6 Active had a 3500 mAh power pack, way more than the Galaxy S6’s 2800 mAh battery, so we don’t see why this scenario won’t happen again. There aren’t any exact details about the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active’s battery capacity, but we’re looking forward to seeing at least 3500 mAh, if not more.
Of course, we should mention that the differences won’t stop here, as a couple of design changes are on the list as well. The glass-covered back panel will be gone, while a pretty bulky bumper will be added, in order to help the phone deal with eventual drops easier.
A few buttons will be added on the front of the phone as well. The Samsung Galaxy S7 will have three buttons under the display, one being the classic home button, housing the fingerprint scanner.
In a nutshell, these are the major differences the Active variant of Samsung’s flagship will bring and, hopefully, we helped you take a decision. What are your thoughts on this? Would you pick the Galaxy S7 Active over the regular version? Why? Tell us your first impressions, using the comments section below.