Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active ditches curves for brawn
MANILA - Samsung took the wraps off a rugged version of its flagship Galaxy S8, ditching the edge-to-edge screen in favor of drop-proofing and a larger battery.
The Galaxy S8 Active will be initially exclusive to US carrier AT&T. There was no initial word on availability in the Philippines, though past "active" versions of the "S" line of premium phones have been sold locally.
The company claims the device's metal-framed 5.8-inch screen is shatter resistant up to 5 feet and can withstand specific levels of dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, high altitude.
It also packs a larger 4,000 mAh battery compared to the standard S8's 3,000 mAh cell. Samsung did not announce a rugged version of the 6.3-inch S8 Plus.
The S8 Active was announced just weeks before Samsung unveils the successor to last year's Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled due to faulty batteries.
Rival Apple is expected to announce the 10th generation iPhone in September, with the top-tier model reported to adapt the edge-to-edge screens of the the S8 and LG's G6.