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?
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.
AT&T is testing a handset, Samsung SM-G891A. GS6 Active is G890A. Updated SKU, GS7 Active, or other? [pic: Zauba] pic.twitter.com/WgE3uWVVWG
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 23, 2016
That SM-G891A in testing at AT&T is known as the Samsung Poseidon.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 25, 2016
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?