Fans of rugged phones waiting on Samsung and AT&T’s annual collaboration effort on rugged phones should start getting excited. First murmurings of the existence of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active are starting to drum up.
The device has leaked from sources in Vietnam. It has a nice black and green camouflage pattern to subtlety hint that it’s a fine device to use outdoors.
You can see it has that tough look that reassures folks of its endurance, complete with rubber edges and a polycarbonate shell. Fans of the old exposed screws design will probably be disappointed, but at the end of the day, the toughness is what’s most important. Samsung, of course, has decided to go with physical navigation buttons for ease of use in murky conditions or with gloves.
Rumors say the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active should be about as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy S7 as it has a Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM. Performance parity is something that began in in recent years as this series started off with the Active variants coming in a tier below their flagship counterparts in terms of specs.
Unfortunately, if you want one of these devices you’ll likely need to be with AT&T as history tells us it won’t be available anywhere else. That said, AT&T’s use of GSM bands means a good range of people can import these for use on a majority of the world’s carriers without issue. We imagine AT&T will want to get these out in time for you to have some summer fun, but there are no release expectations just yet.