The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active will never make its way anywhere except the US, at least not officially. But every year the Active series creates a massive round of buzz considering the overall package these devices offer. The Samsung S7 Active looks like its all set to be released since we’ve got renders, images, specs and even a release date from a variety of sources.
Multiple renders and leaked images of the device have surfaced over the past few weeks. The device seems to be in two colours. A standard green camo and what people are calling desert camo.
The Galaxy S7 Active will sport a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED QHD display set inside a 9.9mm-thick body with a 4,000mAh non-removable battery. Both specs are higher than last year’s S6 Active, which had a 8.6mm thickness and a 3,500mAh battery. The S7 Active will come with the Snapdragon 820 processor supported by 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot. It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and feature the same 12MP and 5MP cameras of the S7 and S7 Edge. At 185g, the device will be 15g heavier than last year.
The phone will definitely be IP68-graded since the S7 and S7 Edge already are, but the question remains whether it will have last year’s MIL-STD-810G military grading, which means it’s not only waterproof but also protected from dust, wind, moisture and humidity. The military grading genuinely toughens up the device to a giant scale. Here’s a little snippet from the S6 Active review to show you how tough this device really can be.
The aforementioned military grading says that the phone can survive repeated drops of up to four feet. So here I am, opening a window on the first floor at home with the phone in my hand (you can already see where this is going) and whoops! There goes the phone, right out the window, slamming down onto the interlocking bricks below. Now, this is a height of at least 15-18 feet, at least 12 feet higher than the drop protection it’s built with. While doing the slow walk downstairs to pick up the Active filled with that feeling of despair we all have when we drop our phones, I was sure that even this beast would not survive the fall. But to my surprise, there it was lying on the floor with nothing but a scratch at the point of impact.
Release and availability
Reports suggested the release is slated for June 10 for AT&T customers in the US but, as I mentioned in my review for the S6 Active last year, you do tend to spot the device on websites such as Dubizzle.