Samsung Galaxy S5 Active-5
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

For the Galaxy S6 (and the S6 Edge), Samsung sacrificed function for style. The compact and lightweight device features no waterproofing, a feature that has been present on the previous generation of the Galaxy S series. For fans of durable devices, a better choice may be the Galaxy S6 Active, whose specs have just been outed by SamMobile.

Citing trusted sources, the website claims the Galaxy S6 Active’s spec sheet will be very similar to the Galaxy S6’, including the same 5.1 Quad HD AMOLED display, 14-nm Exynos processor,  3GB of RAM, and 32GB of (presumably non-expandable) storage. There are some predictable differences when it comes to the size of the device – the rugged S6 Active will supposedly be 73.6 x 146.9 x 8.8 mm, compared to the 70.5 x 143.4 x 6.8 mm of the Galaxy S6. Even so, these dimensions are nothing to scoff at, especially given the benefits they enable.

A pleasant surprise is the battery capacity, which will reportedly go up to 3,500 mAh, from just 2,550 mAh on the Galaxy S6. Presumably, the rugged body of the S6 Active gave Samsung’s designers more room for a bigger battery, but the 1,000 mAh is a massive jump nonetheless.

The phone’s code number suggests that AT&T will get first dibs on it, just like with the S5 Active last year. There’s no information on the design of the Galaxy S6 Active, and we’re curious to see if and how Samsung integrates the sleek metallic frame of the regular edition into the Active’s design. The Galaxy S5 Active is definitely a robust device, but its design is polarizing to say the least.

Last year, the Active version trailed the Galaxy S5 by three months, so there’s a solid chance the Galaxy S6 Active will come out sometime in April-May. The massive battery in particular could be a compelling reason to pick it up over the Galaxy S6, don’t you think?