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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Price & Specs

Samsung has released the Samsung S8 with more protection and  safety,the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Active .They has been going through a rough patch since last year. Therefore, to make up to it’s recent mistakes, Samsung came big this time with what Samsung likes to call the “infinity screen” phone. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S8 features a nearly bezel less screen. Long gone the oval home button alongside its partners “back “and “recent application” buttons.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (Front and Back) in available colors
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (Front and Back) in available colors.

Samsung wanted to bring a hand held phone comprising a big screen. That was only possible by increasing the screen-to-body ratio. They really achieved their benchmark and launched Galaxy S8 with 88% screen-to-body ratio compared to IPhone’s 68% ratio. It was released back this April along with Samsung Galaxy S8+ and received mixed reviews for having its pros as well as the cons. To keep up with their new trend, Samsung has launched Samsung Galaxy S8 Active on August 11 which is basically a stronger version of Galaxy S8 with some alterative features. With that in mind let’s take a look at what Samsung will be offering us with their summer launch.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Specifications:


ProcessorCPUOcta-core 2.35 Ghz
ChipsetSnapdragon 835 SoC
GPUAdreno 540
DisplayTechnologyQHD Super AMOLED capacitive flat-touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch
Size5.8 Inches
Resolution1440 x 2560 Pixels
ProtectionShatter-Resistant Layer, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
ColorsTitanium Gold, Meteor Grey
Extra Features3D Touch (home button)
MemoryBuilt-in64GB built-in, 4GB RAM
CardMicroSD Card (Support up to 256GB) (dedicated slot) – Single Nano-SIM model
CameraMain12 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Featuresf/1.7, 26mm,8x digital zoom, phase detection, OIS, LED flash, 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama, Video (2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec)
Front8 MP f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
ConnectivityWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv5.1 with A2DP, LE, apt-X
GPSYes + A-GPS support & Glonass
USBv3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
DataGPRSEDGE, 3G (HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps), 4G (LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps)
BodyStrengthMIL-STD-810g Compliant , military grade tested , Metal Frame and Bumper
 Weight208 gms
 Dimensions151.8 x 74.93 x 9.9mm (5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39 inches)
 Screen-to-body Ratio18.5:9           , 81.5%
FeaturesSensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Proximity, Barometer, HeartRate, FingerPrint  , Iris Scanner
Audio3.5mm Audio Jack, MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player, Speaker Phone
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail
Gamesbuilt-in + downloadable
ExtraNoise cancellation with dedicated mic, 32-bit/384kHz audio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel, Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified), Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent), IP68 certified, ANT+ support, Photo/video editor , MIL-STD-810g compliant, Quick Access to active lifestyle feature
BatteryCapacity(Non removable), 4000 mAh
Time32 hours Talk-Time , 120 hours standby time
Extra– Fast battery charging
Price   Price in USD: $850
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active – Rugged Body



This one is the reason for producing a separate model. Its body is thicker, heavier and larger than the Galaxy S8 itself. The body of the S8 Active is rugged and tough textured for safe grip. The display is protected by a shatter proof coating to absorb a drop of up to 5 ft. It is dust and water resistant (1.5 meters and 30 minutes). The big news is that it has the passed the military grade testing and is a MIL-STD-810G compliant which means it can resist a group of 21 specific conditions which includes water, extreme temperature, dust , low pressure and high altitude to given extent. It also has a metal frame and a bumper to protect it from shocks, tilts or abrasion.


Samsung surely snatched lot of fans by enhancing the battery to 4000mAh. Older Galaxy S8 and S8+ have a battery life of 3000 and 3500mAh. It will surely withstand a whole day with its users.


By far the only flat screen by Samsung this year. For the people who like the classics, this one is for you. Ditching the infinity screen, Samsung is trying to keep up with its words of introducing the strongest galaxy ever. Although most people liked the curved screen, I have to say if design is everything or you, then you should go for the original series.


Samsung galaxy S8 Active colors will be different from the earlier installments of the Active series. Samsung is going against the tradition of the camouflages and this time coming with the darker shades to keep it simple for their customers. It is offering Meteor grey and Titanium gold this season.

Return of the Bezels:

The bezels are back and operating. The only purpose is to cover the screen from outer environment. Though, the front buttons will not be seen just like Galaxy S8.


The only technical change from S8 is that it is offering Bluetooth 5.1 which will be obviously more reliable.


Samsung Galaxy S8 active has the same price as S8+ for 850$. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active release date is 11 Aug, 2017. Although, it can be pre-ordered exclusively by AT&T from 8 August for 28.34$ a month for 30 months or for the complete price of 850$.

Bixby Dedicated Button: There will be a dedicated button of the left side of the phone to activate Bixby without touching the screen which will help you in operating the phone and making thing simpler.

Active Lifestyle Feature:

The Bixby home screen in S8 active is a little different than the usual S8 screen. It will be offering an instant access to outdoor apps like Barometer, compass, flashlight, stopwatch for outdoor adventures. Galaxy S8 has these features but they are not aligned in a specific area like in S8 Active.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Titanium Gold
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Titanium Gold


Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has great reviews. The cons are same as of Galaxy S8.

E.g. the back placed fingerprint sensor which causes smudges on the camera lens. Or the Face Recognition lock which has Error Galaxy S8 Active is phenomenal phone and up to the mark for 2017. But then again, it all depends on what type of user you are? What are you looking for in your new phone? If you are an adventure craver who accidently drops their phone every other day, or a hard working house wife with 5 toddlers running around you breaking delicate things. So it’s totally up to you to choose between the two giants of 2017, what is it going to be, Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Active?

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