AT&T has had an exclusivity deal to offer a ruggedized variant of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone since the Galaxy S4 Active. In fact, Sprint did offer a “Sport” branded Galaxy S5, but it was a watered down version of the “Active” (if that makes any sense).
Anyway, Evan Blass of Venture Beat tweeted a render of the Galaxy S8 Active sporting “T-Mobile” in the corner of the lockscreen. That, and the 4G LTE icon matches that of the ones found on T-Mobile’s Samsung devices. AT&T’s “4G” logo has a larger and rounder font.
There’s also a date on the lockscreen: November 22. This could mean T-Mobile plans to launch an Active series smartphone well before the holiday season starts, though November 22 is a plausible launch date.
In addition, as part of the original report from Venture Beat back in September, the Galaxy S8 Active’s working model number is SM-G892A for the AT&T version. T-Mobile’s would have a “T” instead of an “A”. Several sightings of “SM-G892U” by Venture Beat would suggest that Samsung plans to launch the ultra-rugged version of the Galaxy S8 globally (the “U” signifies a universal variant), though, we wouldn’t bet on it just yet.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has the same specs as the US-variant of the Galaxy S8: a Snapdragon 835 + 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. 12MP main camera and an 8MP front-facing one. There’s also the rear mounted fingerprint scanner and 5.8-inch 18.5:9 aspect ratio Super AMOLED (flat) display. The biggest difference is the 4,000 mAh battery and Military-spec compliance that renders it shock and shatter resistance, along with IP-68 water resistance.
We are still conducting our review of the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and we can’t wait to present you with our findings.
I hope the unlocked carrier/global variant is under $500 lol wishful thinking I guess.
old phone already .. whats the point of this now ? instead release S9 active sooner rather than 100 months after main S9
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