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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active might reach T-Mobile soon

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (Source: Tom's Guide)
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (Source: Tom's Guide)
Although all Galaxy Active handsets that were launched by Samsung so far were AT&T exclusive devices, it seems that the Galaxy S8 Active might be the first one to break this rule by joining T-Mobile's portfolio as well.

Back in 2013, Samsung released the first Samsung Galaxy Active smartphone. All these rugged handsets that arrived in the US since then were exclusive to AT&T. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is no exception and, in this moment, it can only be acquired from AT&T. However, Evan Blass discovered that this handset is now heading to T-Mobile's customers as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active for AT&T goes by the model number SM-G892A and has been well received by the public. Although its design is not as refined as that of the regular Galaxy S8, the specs are similar: a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, a generous 5.8-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, a comprehensive list of connectivity features (including Bluetooth 5.1, an iris scanner, and a heart-rate sensor). However, the IP68-certified Galaxy S8 Active is also compliant with the MIL-STD-810G specifications for protection from vibration, salt, dust, radiation, and physical abuse.

The marketing material reviewed by VentureBeat revealed a Galaxy S8 Active with a slightly different model number than the SM-G892A that currently on AT&T and we already mentioned earlier. To be more specific, T-Mobile is supposed to receive the SM-G892T model. Evan Blass also mentioned that a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active SM-G892U was spotted in a few certification databases, so an unlocked variant might show up as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active for AT&T retails for no less than US$849.99, so we expect the T-Mobile model to have a similar price tag. It will probably come with the same two color choices as its sibling on AT&T: Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold. 

At last, we should recall that Sprint is the only US carrier that had a Galaxy Active in its portfolio, next to AT&T. On the other hand, they sold the Galaxy S5 Active as the Galaxy S5 Sport, so in that case only the name was exclusive to AT&T.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-09-29 (Update: 2017-09-29)