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The Galaxy S8 Active is heading to AT&T

20 April 2017

The Galaxy S Active lineup of phones is generally inspired by the company's S-flagship device of the year, and is known for carrying a rugged body intended for outdoor use.

For those, who don't know, Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED display. What's more, the executive said the S8 will be the safest smartphone on the market thanks to measures put in place to ensure the battery doesn't catch on fire as the Galaxy Note 7 sometimes did. Samsung has confirmed to Time that Bixby Voice will not be ready to join the debut of Galaxy S8 this month.

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An alleged image of a prototype, however, found its way online and it was spotted on Chinese social media site Weibo, showing how the flagship smartphone would've looked with a dual-lens camera at the back.

While there aren't details yet on what Samsung will do to strengthen the S8, the S7 Active's key additions were a "shatter-resistant" screen and a larger battery.

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SamMobile has no information as to when Samsung might release the Galaxy S8 Active, and Samsung itself has made no mention of this version just yet. Samsung is expected to launch the prototype by the end of June 2017.

It's the American carrier AT&T which has been releasing Active variants of Samsung's smartphones each and every year.

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Samsung didn't give a reason for the delay, but it did say the feature should become available in the United States "later this spring". Seeing how the Galaxy S8 already boasts four physical buttons on its sides, Samsung may decide against including the fifth one and could instead simply remap the Bixby button or offer users the choice to do so themselves. However, the functionality is slightly improved on the Galaxy S8, allowing you to unlock the device by scanning your retina quicker. This is because nearly every major U.S. carrier has the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 plus ready and this also goes for tons of other carriers.