Samsung just announced a more durable version of its Galaxy S8 smartphone with a bigger battery
Like the last few Galaxy S Active models, the device will only be available on AT&T. It'll be available to pre-order on August 8, with a full release on August 11.
AT&T says the device will cost $28.34 a month in a 30-month payment plan, which comes out to about $850. AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on how much the device will cost outright.
As various leaks had suggested, the Galaxy S8 Active ditches the curved sides of the standard Galaxy S8 for a flatter, more traditional design. The display itself is the same as before - which is a good thing - but the bezels around it are more pronounced.
The other noteworthy change should be battery life: Samsung says the Galaxy S8 Active comes with a 4,000mAh battery, which is significantly larger than the 3,000mAh battery in the regular model.
Beyond that, you're looking at just about the same phone as before. The internals are the same, the same top-notch cameras are still here, and the fingerprint scanner is still awkwardly placed toward the top of the phone's back.
This being a carrier exclusive, there'll also be some apps pre-loaded onto the phone by default - AT&T says its DirecTV Now streaming service will be included, for one.
All of this means the Galaxy S8 Active should be plenty powerful, but still fairly expensive for a phone that gives up the standard S8's signature feature (that curved design). Nevertheless, if you're on AT&T and don't want to bother with a phone case, the S8 Active may be worth a look.