Samsung’s ‘Active’ line continues to carve out its own little niche for fans of high-end rugged phones.

The quick take

Don’t think of the Galaxy S8 Active as a legitimate improvement over the standard GS8 — because it isn’t. Think of this as the best rugged phone choice for those who want something really tough but don’t want to compromise on performance, display, camera or other features. Yes, it has a massive improvement in battery life, but in the name of sturdiness, it also loses all of the design that makes the Galaxy S8 so desirable in the first place.

The Good

Complete Galaxy S8 experience
Great battery life
Can take a beating
‘Shatter-resistant’ screen
Flat screen can be preferable

The Bad

Too big and heavy for most people
No particular differentiation outside of casing
More expensive than standard GS8
Screen more susceptible to scratches
Exclusive to AT&T (for now)

See at AT&T

The internals

Tech Specs

Operating system
Android 7.0 Nougat
5.8-inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 (506 ppi)
Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
64GB (UFS 2.1)
microSD card
Rear camera
12MP Dual Pixel, 1.4-micron pixels, f/1.7, OIS
Front camera
8MP, f/1.7, auto focus
Fast charging
Fast wireless charging
Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC, GPS, Glonass, Galileo
Wi-Fi Calling, HD Voice, Video calling
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
Water resistance
Fingerprint sensor
Iris scanning
151.89 x 74.93 x 9.91 mm
208.09 g
Meteor Grey, Titanium Gold

Every bit a GS8

Galaxy S8 Active Things you’ll love

The thing you’ll love most about the Galaxy S8 Active is that it’s simply a Galaxy S8 at its core. Every spec, every feature and every component is the same. That means you’re getting great performance, a whole boatload of software features and a camera that’s still in the conversation with the best in the industry. It’s water- and dust-resistant, of course, but that doesn’t come at the cost of any fewer ports — you still get a headphone jack and flap-less USB-C connector. You also get to look at a beautiful Super AMOLED display with great brightness, even outdoors, which I’d expect you’d want for a phone that’s this rugged.

The GS8 Active even keeps components like wireless charging, which you sometimes expect to lose with such a thick outer casing. That package of specs and features is a far shout from what you expect to get in most “rugged” style phones.

There is one spec change, though: the battery is now 4000mAh, a full 1000 larger than the Galaxy S8 and even 500 larger than the Galaxy S8+. As you’d expect, this offers excellent battery life. I ended most days with roughly 20-30% battery remaining, despite taking no measures throughout the day to limit usage or save precious capacity. – Source