For years, Samsung has been making beautiful flagship phones, and then making duplicate less beautiful versions for the ruggedly active or, more likely, the perpetually clumsy. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the Korean manufacturer has produced ‘active’ versions of the S5, S6 and now the S7.
But you can’t have one, unless you live in the USA. Sorry about that.
Set to be released exclusively through AT&T on June 10, the Galaxy S7 Active isn’t actually too different from the Samsung Galaxy S7. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and the Galaxy S7 is our favourite smartphone of the year.
This just makes it a bit more rugged, by taking away a lot of its beauty – chiefly thanks to the, uh, interesting choice of camo colours. Elsewhere, the glass build is gone, replaced with tough plastic, the screen gets a polycarbonate layer to help against shattering, and the capacitive buttons have been replaced with physical ones. It also gets a whopping 4,000mAh battery – a strong upgrade from the 3,000mAh found in the S7, which still gave us a Herculean 17 hours and 48 minutes in our battery tests.
Other than that, though, it’s business as usual. It still packs a 2,560×1,440 5.1in screen, 4GB RAM and has the Snapdragon 820 processor that’s in the American version of the S7. Price wise, it seems to be around the $795 mark in the States, putting it around the same value as the beautiful S7 Edge. Big battery aside, you could replicate the S7 Active experience quite nicely with a tough, rugged case.
Will we even see the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active on British shores? It’s possible, but for now it’s an American exclusive. In truth, I probably wouldn’t buy one anyway, but withholding it from me does make it seem a lot more appealing somehow…
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