The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active has been leaked enough times for us to know it’s certainly happening but we still don’t actually known the handset will launch. If AT&T’s tweet is anything to go by however, we should see the rugged version of the Galaxy S6 launched any day now.
AT&T’s teaser has followed on from several leaks, including Samsung revealing all the details on its support website. Taken straight from that website, we know the Galaxy S6 Active will have the following specs:
- Display: 5.1 inch Super AMOLED Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
- CPU: Octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset (4 x 2.1GHz and 4 x 1.5GHz cores)
- Storage: 32GB with possible microSD card expansion
- Camera: 16MP rear camera, 4K video recording, Optical Image Stabilisation, 5MP front camera (Quad HD video)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.1, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, GPS, NFC, Heart Rate Sensor, IR blaster
- Battery: 2550 mAh battery, presumably with both types of wireless charging built in
- OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop with latest TouchWiz UI
- Dimensions: 5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches
- Weight: 138 grams
Looking at the specs list, there’s very little difference between the Galaxy S6 Active and the Galaxy S6 but the key change isn’t listed here; the handset is expected to bring rugged features, hence the “Active” name. The other difference is that the Active drops the fingerprint sensor, which was presumably necessary as the S6 Active should be able to stay submerged in water for long periods of time.
While the Galaxy S6 bought a large range of features, it was missing anything resembling ruggedness and the Active will look to change this by adding a case that can take a beating. The rumours of a microSD card expansion slot will certainly be frustrating to anyone who has bought the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge and needs expandable storage. The interesting thing about Samsung’s support site is that it suggests the Galaxy S6 Active will have the same weight and dimensions as the Galaxy S6. This does seem like an error however, as the Active is expected to be thicker and heavier to account for the rugged features, which will bring a high IP rating for dust and water resistance.
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The Galaxy S6 Active certainly doesn’t have the style or design of the Galaxy S6 but the specs sheet suggests that finally, we have a rugged handset that doesn’t feature a reduced specs list. If you’re looking for a rugged handset, chances are you’ll end up with the Galaxy S6 Active as it will be, by far, the best specced rugged smartphone on the market.