Samsung always manages to set the smartphone industry alight when it introduces its annual Galaxy S smartphone. This year was no different with the introduction of Galaxy S8 and S8+, thought to be one of Samsung’s best creations to date.
With that hardware now out in the wild and delighting smartphone lovers globally, it’s nearly time to turn focus to the rugged version of that handset, the Galaxy S8 Active, of which we’ve been given a sneaky preview thanks to a leak from the Wireless Power Consortium.
Unfortunately for us, this particular leak isn’t exactly as in-depth as we would like, and it doesn’t show as much off as we have seen with historical leaks on other devices. Still, as they say, beggars can’t be choosers, and we have to be thankful for what we get, especially when it comes ahead of the official reveal date.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the recently released Galaxy S8 and S8+ was the stunning Infinity Display with the curved edges and edge display. Today’s leak clearly shows that the rugged version of the S8 will have to forego that curved edge experience in favor of a more practical display.
The name of the S8 Active kind of gives the game away as to who it is intended for. That particular range of devices is intended to try and bring some of the power and beauty of the Galaxy S series into the world of those who require something a little more durable, such as those who work in construction or hazardous environments. Or, those who simply are more than well aware that they have a habit of dropping and destroying devices. Curved edges, as beautiful as they may be, make the screen more susceptible to damage and cracking, and therefore haven’t made it onto the S8 Active version.
The curved edges at each corner of the device remain in place but without the edge display it gives off a very LG G6-like look. It also seems that Samsung has made the bezels around the display slightly larger, whilst trying to keep it as true to the visuals of the Galaxy S8 as possible. The leaked photo also seems to suggest that Samsung has added a little more size and protection to the Active version in order to make it more capable of handling and absorbing shock if the device is dropped or knocked.
Previous devices have been exclusive to AT&T and announced around June, so not much longer to wait.