Galaxy S8 Active : Samsung Galaxy’s Rougher side


Looking for a Samsung Galaxy S8 device without the pretty curves and the delicate yet beautifully designed body? Enter the Galaxy S8 Active.

The S8 active is like the Samsung Galaxy S8 on steroids: solid, big, durable and built to last.

The S8 Active, although not as pretty as the S8, is still a nice-looking phone with added protection and a massive battery. They are basically the same devices on the inside except for the upgrade to the battery 4000 mAh on S8 Active vs 3000 mAh on the standard S8.

Specs Galaxy S8 Active Galaxy S8
Price $850 $750 (on AT&T)
Display (Pixels) 5.8 inches (2960 x 1440) 5.8 inches (2960 x 1440)
Rear Camera 12 MP 12 MP
Front Camera 8 MP 8 MP
CPU Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 835
Storage 64GB 64GB
Battery 4,000 mAh 3,000 mAh
Battery Life Not yet tested 10:39
Colors Meteor Gray, Titanium Gold Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver


The outside of the device is where you see the noticeable changes. The S8 Active is just flat-out more durable. It sports a more standard-looking appearance, with a few upgrades to durability. The Active has a metal frame around the body of the phone, along with rubber bumpers to protect against accidental drops, it has a shatter proof screen, it’s MIL-STD-810G compliant against temperature, dust, shock/vibration and low pressure/high altitude, and also IP68-certified to be dust and waterproof. The other noticeable difference is the weight of the device. The Active is 7.34 ounces compared with 5.47 ounces on the S8.

Basically everything else is the same on the S8 Active as compared to the S8; camera, memory, screen resolution, software, ram, storage and the horrible fingerprint reader placement.

Who The S8 Active Is For:

Anyone that loves the Samsung Galaxy series but wants it in a more durable package. I work outdoors so the S8 Active would be more suitable for me, plus having that 4000 mAh battery comes in handy for sure. Just one thing to mention: the S8 Active retails for $849 or $28.49 over 30 months. If you are interested in the S8 Active click the link here. I would like to thank Jeff and AT&T for sending us over a unit to trial.