(Update: spotted in Samsung app) It looks like AT&T is preparing to launch a Galaxy S7 Active

by: Rob TriggsMarch 28, 2016
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Update, March 28: Samsung itself just confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S7 Active. The changelog for Samsung’s Level app for Android mentions the unannounced Galaxy S7 Active in the list of supported devices. It’s safe to say that it’s only a matter of time until the rugged version of the Galaxy S7 is made official. What would you like to see in this device?

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Original post, March 25: @evleaks is back with another tantalising rumor this week. It appears that US carrier AT&T is in the middle of testing out a new Samsung smartphone, and it could well be a Galaxy S7 Active variant.

The mysterious phone was spotted on a Zauba listing a few days ago, which contains data about imports and exports into India. The handset was most likely heading off to a testing center. The smartphone arrived with the model number SM-G891A and although this doesn’t actually give us a name for the device, it is quite similar to the SM-G890A model number given to the Galaxy S6 Active.

Apparently, the SM-G891A is also known internally as the “Samsung Poseidon”. It might be a little on the nose, but the name certainly hints at some additional water resistance above and beyond the IP68-rating given to the already released Galaxy S7. If this all turns out to be true, we are probably also looking at a much more rugged exterior and possibly a bigger battery like last time as well. Furthermore, the Galaxy S6 Active was also an AT&T exclusive, so there’s a good chance that the carrier is after a successor.

Of course, that’s just speculation. The phone could be a simple SKU change or perhaps something different entirely, maybe a phone that is never even destined for consumer hands.

Are you holding out for the launch of a Galaxy S7 Active model?

  • Alex_Mendez

    A slightly larger but more durable device with a larger battery coupled with what Samsung already brings to the table, color me interested :P

    • moew

      Hopefully it doesn’t suck as bad as the last one. A single rear facing speaker, someone was smoking the good stuff that day!

      Plus people were dropping them from a foot up onto plush carpet and cracking the screens all the time.

  • The Doctor

    Oh sure, right after I leave AT&T for Verizon for the S7 edge.

    How would the S7 active be more water-resistant? The S7 is already IP68–the highest rating in water resistance.

    • Arman

      lol.. It’s double edge water resistant with 7000 MAh Battery :P it can also handle drops from an aircraft if only takes less than 15 minutes to reach the ground..

    • Phillip

      Why did you leave att …they both have the 7 edge

      • The Doctor

        Verizon has better coverage.

        • tansuperman

          Not necessarily

        • ChrisI

          So then you didn’t leave it for the S7 Edge. You left it for coverage reasons. Stay on point!!

    • Big Mo

      IP 69 is the highest rating

    • moew

      IP69K

  • Jb Block

    Yess I’m waiting for the newest Active model. I love the active so much. I have had every model since 4.

  • droidtomtom

    This is very interesting especially if it supports an SD card too. The S6 Active was originally disappointing since it initially had only 32GB the 64GB model was too late as many who needed more storage settled for the non-active.

  • Very much waiting for the active, but I will look into getting the edge then trading up for the active,

    you play games, I play games