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Samsung's ultra-durable Galaxy S8 Active launches this week

Samsung's ultra-durable Galaxy S8 Active launches this week

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will be available through AT&T in the United States starting tomorrow.

Priced at United States dollars 850 which roughly translates to Rs. 54,270, the handset is available in two colour variants - Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold.

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The S8 Active price is $28.34 a month for 30 months with AT&T Next, while the full retail price is $849.99, coming in either Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold colors. The back of the device, meanwhile, is coated in a tough-textured material that Samsung says offers a more secure grip.

For the last few years, Samsung has released a few different variants of its flagship, with the standard version and the "Active" variant.

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Samsung is introducing a new model for its Galaxy S8 smartphone line featuring a larger battery, metal frame and shatter-resistant screen. It can also work after submersion in up to five feet of water for up to 30 minutes, which is actually matched by the S8 as well.

The Galaxy S8 Plus comes with a 6.3 inch display which uses Super AMOLEF technology. It is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform Octa-Core Qualcomm with Adreno 540 GPU coupled with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB storage (UFS 2.1) that is further expandable via a microSD card. Unfortunately, it's non-removable. On than that, though, the Galaxy S8 Active inherits every other spec from its sibling including the company's virtual assistant - Bixby. It also packs a 12-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It would feature a resolution of 3840 x 2160 which brings it closer to today's 4K standard. The Galaxy S8 Active will become widely available through other carriers (and maybe even in an unlocked variety) at a later date.

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Its connectivity options include 4G LTE, GPRS/EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS/AGPS, NFC, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB. The company claims that the battery is rated to deliver up to 32 hrs of talk time, up to 113 hrs of audio playback on speaker, and up to 5 days of standby time. Direct access to lifestyle features like a stopwatch, barometer, compass, and flashlight are included. The aspect ratio of the screen is at 18.5:9.


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