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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active smartphone confirmed

by Mark Tyson on 29 March 2016, 11:31

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS)

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Last year Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 Active, which was particularly welcomed as the other members of that Galaxy family, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, lacked rated resistance to common hazards like dust and water. The recently launched Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge do officially have water- and dust-resistance, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from developing a particularly rugged member of the family, it now transpires.

The launch of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Active (SM-G891A) model was rumoured last week by Samsung-centric site SamMobile. The magazine saw evidence that it was in testing with American carrier AT&T via serial leaker @evleaks, and that it has previously been shipped to India for testing. Its 'Poseidon' codename was fitting, as it would be protected by the god of the sea – from water (and dust).

The latest fuel for this rumour comes from its presence in the official Samsung Level app. That is pretty much an official confirmation, even if it is from a slipup. Level is a Galaxy smartphone companion app designed to control a range of Bluetooth accessories.

Last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 Active lineup

If you are tempted by the new Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone range, but are the type who requires a ruggedized device to match your lifestyle or weekend pursuits, perhaps you should wait for this S7 Active to be officially released. Such folk should be assured by the probable military-grade protection (MIL-STD-810G) plus IP-68 certification. A bigger battery is expected to be included too.

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The S7 is already IP-68 according to the spec page on the Samsung webpage (which, I'll add looks awful - too much scrolling required), so the focus will have to be on ruggedness unless they can think of something else. After debating whether to go S7 or G5, I've decided that I am probably going for the S7. What is swaying me is the IP-68 as I try to spend as much time as I can snowboarding and sometime it gets wet enough that the moisture gets inside the pockets. But this will also depends on whether extended battery makers will make a battery case for it (partly negating the need for removable battery). An S7 Active would be even better, but it seems to much of a niche product to attract the attention of extended battery makers.
some are already complaining of S7 battery performance
I have an S7 Edge, battery life is fine for me - and I am a very heavy user
Coming from a 7000Mah ZeroLemon, I am not sure if I am willing to go back for a battery half the size. Even IF the S7 and current Android has gotten more efficient to my ancient S3 and Android build, I somehow doubt that they managed to double the efficiency across the board (kudos if they have).