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Samsung Galaxy S9 Active seems to have quietly dropped off the radar

Is the Galaxy S8 Active the last of its kind from Samsung? (Source: Samsung)
Is the Galaxy S8 Active the last of its kind from Samsung? (Source: Samsung)
Samsung doesn’t look as though it will bring a Galaxy S9 Active to market this year. With the typical launch window for the device passed, coupled with the relatively weak demand for the S9 line generally, it seems as though the Active variant may have quietly slipped off the radar.
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Samsung is one of the few makers that has consistently released a ruggedized variant of its products. The devices typically find favor with people who work in construction industries, the military and other outdoor activities types who need a device that can withstand regular drops and the elements. Each year since the Galaxy S5 in 2014, Samsung has released an Active variant of its flagship handset — however, that doesn’t seem to be on the cards this year.

As the folks over at Sam Mobile note, the typical June-July launch window for the latest what would have been the newest iteration, the Galaxy S9 Active, has come and gone without a trace or leak of the device. This strongly suggests that Samsung has decided to skip a ruggedized variant of the Galaxy S9 this year. Given the relatively lackluster sales of the Galaxy S9 line in general, it wouldn’t surprise if Samsung didn’t launch what would be a relatively low sales volume device.

That leaves last year’s Galaxy S8 Active as the most potent ruggedized smartphone on the market. That model is still available for US$850 from Samsung’s US website (or through AT&T on a plan), although you can probably find it cheaper elsewhere. It is powered by a Snapdragon 835, which is still a solid chip, while it should eventually get an update to Android 9.0 Pie as well.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1262 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-08-19 (Update: 2018-08-19)