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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is officially announced

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active will be available in Camo White, Camo Blue, or gray
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active will be available in Camo White, Camo Blue, or gray
The rugged smartphone improves upon the standard Galaxy S6 with a substantially larger battery and IP68-certified protection from water and dust.

After accidentally uploading all the specifications and even a user manual for its unreleased Galaxy S6 Active smartphone, Samsung had no choice left but to announce it officially. It is now listed by AT&T which will exclusively sell the smartphone in the US starting June 12. Three payment plans with the total cost of $695 will be offered to qualified AT&T Next customers:

  • $23.17 per month for 2.5 years
  • $28.96 per month for 2 years
  • $34.75 per month for 20 months

As for the specifications, the Galaxy S6 Active retains the 5.1-inch QHD (2560x1440 pixels) S-AMOLED display and Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa SoC found in the base model. The same cameras (16 MP and 5 MP) are also installed. Contrary to one of the previous rumors, Samsung has not brought back the microSD slot, thus limiting storage to 32 GB. The case has undergone a noticeable redesign and now features IP68 protection (fully dustproof, submersible in water up to 1.5 meters up to 30 minutes) and MIL-STD-810G certification. Also, capacitive Android buttons were replaced with conventional ones, which should improve operation outdoors.

The battery capacity has been increased considerably: with 3500 mAh, the Galaxy S6 Active potentially delivers more than 35% longer runtimes than the regular Galaxy S6 (2550 mAh). Fast charging and wireless charging are supported, but a wireless charging dock needs to be purchased separately. However, it will be available at half price for those who purchase the smartphone through Next or on a 2-year contract. A separate 2-year contract grants the customer a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for free.


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Andrey Konstantinov, 2015-06- 8 (Update: 2015-06- 9)