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.
Codrut Nistor,

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)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.