While all the news this week is revolving around Apple and the buzz it created around the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, Google has released its Android platform distribution chart for the month of September. The chart shows that Android Nougat continuing to gain market share, with its presence now on almost 15.8 percent active devices. However, the latest Android Oreo version could not find its place in the chart for the same month – notably, Android versions with less than 0.1 percent share of active devices aren’t listed, implying Oreo is currently on fewer than those many devices.
In June this year, the Android Nougat version was found running on 10 percent of active devices. Then in July and August, Android Nougat reached 10.6 percent and 13.5 percent respectively. The total share of Android Nougat for September has now hit 15.8 percent, which includes 12.3 percent of devices on the Android 7.0 Nougat version and 1.2 percent of devices on Android 7.1 Nougat.
The new statistics show that Android Marshmallow continues to dominate with up to 32.2 percent share. The distribution share for Android Marshmallow has declined, but fell just 0.1 percent from the last month’s number that stood at 32.3 percent.
In addition to Android Marshmallow, all other Android versions have also declined. These builds include Android Gingerbread (at 0.6 percent share) and Ice Cream Sandwich (with 0.6 percent share) – which both fell 0.1 percent. Jelly Bean at 6.9 percent share, fell 0.7 percent. KitKat, currently at 15.1 percent share, fell 0.9 percent, while Lollipop, with a share of 28.8 percent, fell 0.4 percent.
Google says that this data has been collected during a 7-day period that concluded on September 11, and Android builds with less than 0.1 percent share have been excluded. It should also be kept in mind that Google takes only those Android devices into account that support Google Play (which itself supports Android 2.2 and above).
Google’s latest version Android Oreo officially rolled out to Pixel and Nexus devices a few days ago and it will take more than a month to get itself a substantial share in the Android platform distribution chart, as per recent trends.
The distribution chart also goes on to mention the OpenGL ES distribution amongst the active devices. While the latest OpenGL versions are not there in the chart, a major portion is dominated by OpenGL version 3.0 – standing at 45.8 percent, rising 0.2 percent. The other two versions in the chart are OpenGL 2.0 with 37.3 percent share (declining 0.3 percent) and OpenGL 3.1 with 16.9 percent distribution share (rising 0.1 percent). Note that support for a certain version means that it also supports any lower versions of OpenGL API, Google says in its developers blog post.
The Galaxy S8 goes rugged with a water-resistant body and a screen that won’t crack.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone you can buy right now, but it has one glaring flaw: a glass back. It looks damn good, but the glass also makes the S8 prone to slipping off any slightly tilted surface. And if you don’t have a good grip on it, the phone could also slide right out of your hand and onto a hard floor.
So Samsung introduced an Active version of the S8. For a $100 premium, the $850 S8 Active offers military-grade protection from the elements in addition to all the features that made the original S8 so great.
Is it worth the extra cost and added bulk? I put the S8 Active through its paces to see how it stacked up to the Galaxy S8.
Design: Now this is tough
As soon as you unbox the Galaxy S8 Active, you can see why Samsung promises the device will survive a 5-foot drop and a water bath of up to 5 feet deep for 30 minutes. The company essentially wrapped an extra-strength smartphone case around the S8’s body, which adds some heft to what was once a svelte phone. The S8 Active is 7.6 ounces, compared with the 5.5-ounce original, and it’s just a bit larger all-around. A metal frame and textured-plastic back keep the S8 Active protected from the elements (and from humans).
The S8 Active is not the best-looking phone, especially compared to the original S8. At first, I wondered why a person wouldn’t just buy a rugged case for outdoor adventures and save the money. But for some people, daily life requires more than a case, either because of a demanding job or extreme clumsiness.
A friend of mine falls in both categories; her career requires manual labor, and she destroys phones just by looking at them. (This is a person who literally ran over her iPhone with a car — by accident, of course.) She retired her last Galaxy Active device and bought an S8 back in May. The screen is already shattered after it slipped out of her grip. After I let her take the S8 Active for a spin, she very reluctantly gave it back to me.
Credit: Keith Agnello/Tom’s GuideThe S8 Active might not survive being run over by a car, but I knocked it off tables and casually tossed it down flights of concrete stairs, and it suffered only a few nicks and scratches around the case. I winced every single time, yet the screen remained intact. The water resistance is less impressive now that it’s become a more common smartphone feature, but it’s still useful if you’re really clumsy in the bathroom or around pools.
Credit: Keith Agnello/Tom’s GuideThe S8 Active isn’t totally impervious to the elements. I managed to scratch its screen after tossing it in my bag and letting it roll around in there all day. I’m actually frightened to see what’s at the bottom of my purse that can scratch this phone, when a few staircase tumbles worthy of a scene in “Death Becomes Her” couldn’t do it.
Display and Camera: Prepare to be amazed
The S8 Active has a 5.8-inch display with rounded corners and almost no bezels. Basically, it’s almost exactly the same as the original, and looks just as good.
Credit: Keith Agnello/Tom’s GuideThe Active’s 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display reproduces 209.5 percent of the sRGB color gamut, compared with the S8’s 183 percent, and offers incredibly accurate color, too, with a Delta-E score of 0.45 compared with the S8’s 0.28. (Numbers closer to 0 are better.)
I think watching movies on a smartphone screen is something akin to blasphemy, but the S8 Active’s 18:5:9 aspect ratio offers a more immersive experience than other phones this size. Even when I had to stretch YouTube videos, such as The Dark Tower trailer, to fit the display, the colors were rich and true to life.
Credit: Keith Agnello/Tom’s GuideThe S8 Active’s 12-megapixel rear lens and 8-MP front-facing camera are identical to the standard S8’s camera system, and just as good. I wish Samsung had put a dual-lens camera in the Galaxy S8 lineup instead of holding it for the Note 8 (the best camera phone you can buy right now), but you’ll still capture astonishingly detailed and perfectly lit images, even in harsh daylight. Samsung’s photo-processing software is second to none.
Software: Bixby gets active
Samsung made the S8 Active’s gesture-driven interface just as intuitive to use as the standard S8’s, including advanced features such as one-handed mode and a quick-launch camera. Samsung’s digital assistant, Bixby— a rival to Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri— gains new capabilities on the S8 Active.
Samsung added an Activity Zone on the Bixby home screen, which gives you quick access to your daily health stats, plus a compass, flashlight and stopwatch. I prefer to keep track of my step count and calorie burn on a fitness tracker, which is with me more often than my phone, but your usage may vary.
The S8 Active does come preloaded with some AT&T bloatware. On the device we tested, there were nine AT&T apps, including DirecTV, DirecTV Remote, an antivirus app called Lookout and a DriveMode app to keep you from being distracted by calls and texts while driving. With 64GB of storage space (expandable up to 256GB), you still have plenty of room for your own apps.
Performance: Crushing it
Like the S8 and S8+, the S8 Active runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. It’s a beast. Whether I was cruising the web with multiple tabs open or sending troops to battle in Clash of Clans, the S8 Active didn’t stutter. Its multicore score of 6,328 in the Geekbench 4 test of overall performance was actually higher than the standard S8’s score of 6,295.
The Galaxy S8 Active’s graphics power held its own against the original S8 on 3DMark’s Ice Storm Unlimited test, scoring 36,254 compared with the S8’s 36,508.
Battery life: Long
The S8 Active isn’t just tougher than the S8; it also lasts longer on a charge than the original model. The rugged version sports a 4,000-mAh battery, compared with the S8’s 3,000-mAh battery, so you can squeeze at least an extra half-hour out of the device. On the Tom’s Guide Battery Test (continuous web surfing on 4G LTE), the S8 Active lasted 11:06, compared with the standard S8’s 10:39, while the S8+ and its 3,500-mAh battery lasted 11:04. That feat lands the S8 Active on our list of smartphones with the best battery life.
Credit: Keith Agnello/Tom’s GuideWe used AT&T’s network for the S8 Active, because the device is locked to that wireless carrier, and T-Mobile’s network for the regular S8 and S8+, so there could be some variation between the networks.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is perfect for people who truly torture their phones. It offers the same great display, camera and performance as the original S8, and it can withstand heaps of abuse. Most of us can get by with a less-expensive phone and a solid smartphone case, but if you’re willing to pay a premium for extra protection — and you like AT&T — the S8 Active will be a reliable partner.
According to Symantec, the ransomware landscape shifted dramatically this year with the appearance of two new self-propagating threats in the form of WannaCry and Petya.
Both outbreaks caused global panic and caught many organisations off-guard, and despite the Petya outbreak appearing to mainly target Ukraine, organisations around the world found themselves victim to this cyber attack.
According to Symantec, Ukraine experienced 138 instances of Petya infection on June 27; on the same day, Australia experienced 11.
Speaking with ZDNet, Nick Savvides, Norton by Symantec CTO for Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, said his organisation is still seeing thousands of infection attempts from cybercriminals using the same exploits and hacking mechanisms used by Petya.
“Unfortunately, there is a trend of Australian organisations who have experienced infections not reporting them, which is counter-productive to developing ways companies can implement safeguards against these types of attacks,” he said.
While the recent wave of cyber attacks have raised public awareness of Australia’s vulnerability, Savvides said it’s important to note that despite the country’s geographic isolation, it has never been isolated from threat.
“Australia consistently ranks in the top 10 of most attacked countries for a variety of cyber attacks, particularly ransomware due to Australians’ tendency to pay,” he explained. “Australians have high disposable incomes, and a fairly laid-back attitude towards cybersecurity and data backup, making us ideal victims of cybercrime.”
Given the impact of the WannaCry outbreak, Symantec said it is only a matter of time before similar attacks are attempted.
In the latest report [PDF] from the security vendor, Symantec said that prior to the Petya and WannaCry outbreaks, the main threat posed by ransomware was from wide-scale malicious spam campaigns, in addition to a growing number of targeted attacks directed at organisations.
The Internet Security Threat Report: Ransomware 2017 also highlighted that during the first six months of 2017, organisations accounted for 42 percent of all ransomware infections, up from 30 percent in 2016 and 29 percent in 2015.
The United States is still the country most affected by ransomware, accounting for 29 percent of all infections in 2017. Japan was next, accounting for 9 percent, Italy for 8 percent, and India and Germany for 4 percent each.
The top 10 regions were rounded out by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, and Canada, which each accounted for 3 percent of all infections.
“The rapid spread and publicity generated by both WannaCry and Petya make it quite likely that more attackers will attempt to the replicate tactics used by deploying ransomware as a worm,” the report says.
According to Symantec, straightforward copycat attacks are unlikely to have as wide an impact as WannaCry and Petya, largely down to the fact that awareness of the threat posed by the EternalBlue exploit is now quite high, and most organisations will have patched any vulnerable computers.
“That is not to say that there is a significant potential threat from ransomware attackers adopting similar tactics,” the report said. “While EternalBlue made self-propagation quite easy, the Petya attacks proved that there are alternative methods of self-propagation.
“Although these methods may not be quite as easy or as effective as EternalBlue, in the hands of skilled attackers, they nevertheless could cause significant disruption to unprepared organisations.”
In the instances Symantec has seen so far, Savvides said ransomware has focused on attacking people’s home computers for ransoms of between $300 and $1,000, noting the average ransom victims are paying is approximately AU$625.
With 2017 only three quarters through, Savvides said that moving forward, cybercriminals are likely to start focusing on small professional businesses where ransoms can go up to the tens of thousands of dollars.
“The technical solution is the easy fix. While it is absolutely important to ensure that organisations run modern security protection software across their systems and networks, it is also important to deal with the human element of cybersecurity,” he said.
Likening the situation organisations are currently finding themselves in to the occupational health and safety revolution of 20 years ago, Savvides said cybersecurity starts with people, and that investing in thorough training and cybersecurity awareness to better prepare employees for the next big attack is the best prevention method an organisation can adopt.
One or more hackers have been stealing celebrities’ e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information by exploiting a bug on Instagram’s servers, the company said Thursday.
Researchers from antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab said they recently spotted hackers in an underground forum advertising unnamed celebrities’ personal details. In an e-mail, a Kaspersky Lab representative said the researchers privately reported a data-leaking bug to Instagram. The Kaspersky Lab researchers went on to say that exploiting the bug was “quite labor intensive” because each attack had to be done manually rather than using an automated script to bypass mathematical calculations Instagram performs to prevent abuse.
To exploit the bug, according to Kaspersky Lab, attackers used the outdated Instagram mobile app—specifically version 8.5.1, which was released last year—to select the password-reset option. To capture the request, the attackers sent it to a Web proxy rather than the real Instagram servers. The attackers then modified the captured request to substitute the username sent to the Web proxy with the username of targeted celebrities. The Instagram server would then send a JSON-formatted response that included the target’s personal information. While the hackers used the outdated app to exploit the bug, the attack worked against all Instagram users, regardless of the app version they used.
A representative from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service, meanwhile, said the exploited flaw resided in an Instagram programming interface. The representative said Instagram officials know of at least one person who actively exploited the bug. In a statement, the officials wrote:
We recently discovered that one or more individuals obtained unlawful access to a number of high-profile Instagram users’ contact information—specifically email address and phone number—by exploiting a bug in an Instagram API. No account passwords were exposed. We fixed the bug swiftly and are running a thorough investigation.
Our main concern is for the safety and security of our community. At this point, we believe this effort was targeted at high-profile users so, out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying our verified account holders of this issue. As always, we encourage people to be vigilant about the security of their account and exercise caution if they encounter any suspicious activity such as unrecognized incoming calls, texts, and e-mails.
The disclosure comes three days after the Instagram account belonging to pop singer and actress Selena Gomez was briefly taken down after posting nude pictures of fellow pop star and one-time romantic partner Justin Bieber. According to Variety, the mishap was the result of Gomez’s account being hacked. Whether or not the account takeover had any connection to the exploited Instagram bug is unclear. Neither Instagram nor Kaspersky Lab said the attacks exposed passwords. Then again, the attackers who exploited the flaw may have used the personal information they obtained to reset Gomez’s password. In any event, it’s a good idea for Instagram users to use two-factor authentication to better protect their accounts.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 set the standard for smartphones earlier this year, with a tall-and-narrow build, top-of-the-line specs, and feature-rich software. But its largely glass-and-metal build makes it relatively fragile, and requires you to take some care when handling it. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active ($849.99) on AT&T is for people who don’t want to baby their phones. It’s essentially the same device as the standard S8, wrapped in a durable polycarbonate shell that gives it much greater protection against bumps, drops, and scrapes. It also has a bigger battery. That makes it the best rugged phone money can buy, and our Editors’ Choice.
Design, Durability, and Display
The S8 Active is built like a tank. The back of the phone consists of a hardened gray or gold polycarbonate shell. Along the sides, there is metal, reinforced by hard rubber ridges on each corner for better impact resistance. This shell wraps around the sides of the phone, doing away with the curves that make the S8 so attractive, but also so fragile.
I subjected the S8 Active to a series of torture tests, including six-foot drops to wood, tile, and concrete floors. It survived without any visible damage. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that while the screen may be more durable due to the reinforced sides and a shatterproof layer not found on the the regular S8, it’s still susceptible to being scratched.
Like the S8, the Active is rated IP68, so it can survive in 6 feet of water for at least 30 minutes. It worked fine after a thorough rinsing and handled immersion without a problem, just make sure you don’t try to charge it until the port is dry.
Of course, this increased durability comes at the cost of added size and bulk. The S8 Active measures 6.0 by 3.0 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs a hefty 7.3 ounces, a notable increase from the regular S8 (5.8 by 2.7 by 0.3 inches, 5.5 ounces). It’s also heavier than the S8+ (6.1 ounces) and the Note 8 (6.9 ounces). But compared with other rugged phones like the Kyocera DuraForce Pro (5.8 by 2.9 by 0.5 inches, 8.1 ounces), it’s about average.
Along the sides, you have all the same buttons and ports as the S8. A power button is on the right and a volume rocker on the left, with a Bixby button below it replacing the customizable Active button on previous Active models. The bottom has a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C charging port, and speaker. The SIM/microSD card slot is located at the top and worked fine with a 256GB card. The fingerprint sensor on the back is still set to the right of the camera, making it too easy to accidentally smudge the lens.
On the front you’ll find a tall-and-narrow 5.8-inch, 2,560-by-1,440 Super AMOLED display. Because it doesn’t wrap around the sides, it’s technically not an “Infinity” screen, but is otherwise very similar to the panel in the regular S8. Its resolution is a sharp 506 pixels per inch (ppi), which is actually a little less sharp than the 2,960-by-1,440 S8 (570ppi), but the difference is barely perceptible. The Super AMOLED panel gives you rich, saturated colors, inky blacks that help save power by only lighting pixels as needed, and excellent viewing angles. The screen gets very bright and remains visible even in direct sunlight.
Network Performance and Connectivity
The Galaxy S8 Active is available on AT&T and supports LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/20/28/29/30/38/39/40/41/66. This is standard fare for a top-tier phone; the only noteworthy inclusion is band 66, which gives carriers more room to combine spectrum and improve downlink. During field testing in midtown Manhattan, network performance was decent, with 9.3Mbps down and 15.3Mbps up. Lopsided download and upload speeds like this usually indicates network congestion, and overall results are in line with what we’ve seen on other AT&T phones in the same area.
Because it has a Snapdragon 835 processor, the S8 Active will be compatible with gigabit networks once they start rolling out. Other connectivity protocols include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1 (which improves range and lets you stream to two devices at the same time), and NFC, letting you use Android Pay. Samsung Pay comes preinstalled and works with nearly all card reader terminals.
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Call quality is great. Transmissions have clear, natural tones and are easily audible on both ends. Noise cancellation is excellent at blotting out nearly all background noise including wind and traffic. Earpiece volume is loud, and we had no trouble taking a call in a noisy environment. The bottom-facing speaker gets reasonably loud, if a bit tinny. Wi-Fi calling and HD voice are both supported.
Processor, Battery, and Camera
As mentioned above, the S8 Active is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.35GHz and has 4GB of RAM. Performance is virtually identical to the standard Galaxy S8, so see our review for a complete rundown. In short, the S8 Active is a fast, powerful phone that can handle anything you throw at it. Generally speaking it’s much more capable than most other rugged phones like the LG X Venture.
The S8 Active also has the same 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera as the Galaxy S8. Its performance is unparalleled, and remains the best camera phone we’ve tested. See our original review for an in-depth look at performance and sample images.
Aside from design, battery is the biggest difference between the S8 Active and the standard S8. The Active houses a 4,000mAh battery, for a nice bump in capacity over the S8’s 3,000mAh cell. In our rundown test, in which we stream full-screen video over LTE at maximum screen brightness, that translated to 8 hour, 54 minutes of runtime, which is good deal longer than the S8, (5 hours, 45 minutes) and DuraForce Pro (5 hours, 39 minutes). That should get you well over a day’s worth of use, and you can take advantage of fast charging with the included adapter. Samsung’s proprietary fast wireless charging is also supported, though you’ll need to buy the charging puck separately.
The Active runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s heavy TouchWiz UI layer on top. Once again, it’s identical to what you’ll find on the S8. The one additional feature you get on the Active series is the preloaded Activity Zone app. Launching it gives you quick access to a barometer, compass, flashlight, health tracking, a stopwatch, and weather information.
Left to right: Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S8
As with all carrier phones, you’ll find some bloatware, but it’s more minimal than you might expect. There are nine AT&T apps, a few of which can be uninstalled. When you first set up the phone you’re given the choice if you want to install apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Health. Surprisingly, Google apps you normally can’t delete like Android Pay, Google Drive, and Google Photos, can all be removed if you desire.
Out of the total internal storage of 64GB, the S8 Active leaves you with 49.56GB available. That’s a good amount of space for apps and photos, and you can supplement it with a microSD card.
For a $100 premium over the standard S8, the Galaxy S8 Active gets you more battery life and increased durability. If you’re looking for a phone that can stand up to abuse and doesn’t compromise on performance, it’s your best option and our Editors’ Choice. If you’re not on AT&T, however, we like the Kyocera DuraForce Pro, a model available on every major carrier. Or you can buy a regular Galaxy S8 and wrap it up in a protective case.
Whether or not you stay an adventurous existence or have butterfingers, Samsung has a new smartphone you might want to look at: the Galaxy S8 Active.
The shock-, shatter-, water-, and dust-resistant device is readily available for pre-get now and slated to get there in AT&T merchants on Aug. 11. Like its predecessor, the S7 Active, the S8 edition will be an AT&T special, at least to begin with. Term has it Verizon and Sprint may possibly also have this handset in the foreseeable future, as well.
The Galaxy S8 Activewill come in possibly “meteor gray” or “titanium gold” and can be yours for $28.34 for 30 months (for a full of $850.20) on AT&T’s Future system.
Designed of “army-grade materials,” the telephone has a metal body with a protective bumper about the edges and a grippy again include. It options a 5.8-inch Quad Hd Tremendous AMOLED Show that is “shatter resistant for drops from 5 feet or a lot less on a flat surface,” Samsung said. It is water resistant in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes or a lot less.
Samsung said the Galaxy S8 Active “handed army specification screening in opposition to a subset of 21 particular environmental conditions, which include temperature, dust, shock/vibration, and lower pressure/high altitude.”
The handset also options a 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, fingerprint and iris scanners for stability, a massive 4,000 mAh battery, and Samsung’s voice-based individual assistant Bixby. Samsung known as the Galaxy S8 Active its “toughest Galaxy smartphone nonetheless,” so it truly is protected to say it’ll hold up to drops improved than the a lot less-durable but also water-resistant Galaxy S8.
“Our new Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is made with analyzed longevity and strength to handle the requires of people who need to have a more rugged device for their way of life,” Samsung Electronics North The united states President and CEO Tim Baxter said in a assertion. “We are thrilled to introduce the fifth-generation Galaxy Active, which delivers the greatest of Galaxy options in a more durable deal.”
Last year’s Galaxy S7 Active earned an superb ranking in PCMag’s evaluation. We gave the handset props for its rugged build, rapid efficiency, prolonged battery existence, superb camera, sharp, brilliant display, and customizable Active button, but didn’t enjoy it truly is “middling call high-quality.” However, it was “the greatest rugged telephone AT&T subscribers can get” at the time.
Just after weeks and months of leaks, the Galaxy S8 Active has not remaining considerably to the creativity. We’ve now noticed the phone from pretty much every single angle and received a sneak peek of a prematurely introduced carrier web page final week, to boot. The only detail remaining was for Samsung to formally make the detail official.
The company’s doing just that this morning, a working day prior to the rugged handset goes up for pre-purchase through AT&T here in the States. For the time currently being, it’s a carrier exceptional — the kind of detail you can nonetheless get away with on a fairly niche system. It’s a quiet kind of start a few of weeks in advance of the envisioned Galaxy Observe 8 announcement.
No shock, Samsung had to ditch the S8’s most legendary attribute, the Infinity Screen, in purchase to make the Active adequately rugged. Even with Gorilla Glass on both equally sides, the edge-to-edge glass helps make the company’s flagship exceptionally vulnerable to drops, to which a good deal of YouTube movies can attest.
The rugged upgrades render the phone fundamentally unrecognizable as an S8, in spite of the company’s powerful determination to aesthetic regularity across solution strains. The sides are entirely encased in a bumper, monopolizing significant bezel area on the front. The glass back was ditched as well, in favor of a more durable, textured floor.
The high-quality print suggests the phone can survive a five foot fall onto a flat floor, while “drops may well cause scratches or other harm to system display or physique.” Well, yeah, absolutely sure. It’s also h2o resistant in five feet for up to 30 minutes — the exact same rating as the normal S8.
Samsung’s on-likely determination to Bixby in spite of its rocky commence usually means the organization has stored the committed button on the side, even as it’s built all kinds of much more extraordinary style and design options. It’s correct what they say, you can not retain a mediocre smart assistant down.
All claimed, it’s not a poor seeking phone, at least as significantly as these rugged types go. It splits the big difference involving every single working day phones and people military quality types like the CAT S50. It’s a little bit like buying a Otterbox scenario you can by no means consider off. And let us be real, no issue how beautiful your phone is, most us have acquired the tricky way by now that they are finest stored in conditions to protect them from ourselves.
The nicest shock in all of this is a outrageous significant 4,000mAh battery, putting it well in excess of the S8’s 3000mAh. That type of ability is pretty much more than enough to take into account the system in excess of the company’s other flagship offerings, assuming, of training course, you are cool Samsung pushing its battery capacities outside of the ordinary boundaries. The Active S8 will strike AT&T outlets August 11.
Want a high-end phone that won’t break at the first sign of a light storm? Then the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active could be for you.
This rugged alternative to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 is thought to be launching soon, and rumors suggest it’s every bit as high-end as the normal S8, but a whole lot tougher.
We’ve collected all the news and rumors below, so read on to find out exactly what to expect from what could be the toughest flagship of 2017.
Cut to the chase
What it it? A tough flagship from Samsung
When is it out? Probably sometime this year
What will it cost? Likely at least as much as the normal S8
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active release date and price
Could be exclusive to AT&T
There’s no word yet on when the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will launch, but it’s been extensively leaked, including a mention on one of Samsung’s own websites, and looks like it’s probably more or less complete, suggesting we could see it soon, especially since it’s been over a year since the June 2016 launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.
However, the S8 Active might not be made widely available. You could only get the S7 Active in the US and only on the AT&T network, and leaks suggest that the Galaxy S8 Active could be an AT&T exclusive too.
So, if you’re on another network you might have to change, and if you’re outside the US you might be completely out of luck. Nothing’s confirmed yet though so don’t give up hope.
One thing we can be quite confident of is that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will be expensive. The S7 Active was a pricey phone at $800 (around £610/AU$1,005), and rumors suggest the S8 Active will be just as high-end as the $725/£689/AU$1,200 Samsung Galaxy S8.
TechRadar’s take: We’d expect to see the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active within the next few months, but we’re not convinced it will launch outside the US.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active screen
A 5.8-inch 1440 x 2960 Super AMOLED screen
Leaked images and a leaked training manual appears to show official material suggesting the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has a 5.8-inch 1440 x 2960 Super AMOLED screen – the same size and resolution as the Samsung Galaxy S8. It’s also apparently clad in tough Gorilla Glass 5 and is shatter-resistant.
Based on images it doesn’t appear to be curved, which makes sense, since that could harm its durability, and in fact these images actually show a black bezel around the screen, leaving it looking rather less premium – but again, this probably helps make it tougher.
And the Galaxy S8 Active is at least rumored to have the same super-widescreen 18.5:9 aspect ratio as the standard Samsung Galaxy S8.
TechRadar’s take: Rumors are convincingly pointing to a screen the same size and spec as the S8’s, but without the curves.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active design
A chunky metal and plastic build
Tested to military standards
Water and dust-resistant
While the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is rumored to have specs that rival the standard Galaxy S8, it’s not going to look as good, but it should be a lot tougher.
In leaked shots you can see that it’s seemingly got a metal frame, but what looks to be a plastic back and big bezels around the screen.
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Elsewhere, we’ve seen from what appears to be marketing material that the Galaxy S8 Active has a ‘durable metal design’ and comes in at 152.1 x 74.9 x 9.9mm and 208g. For comparison, the standard Galaxy S8 is 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm and 155g, so this is bigger, thicker and heavier.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is also rumored to be IP68 certified, meaning it’s dustproof and water-resistant to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. That information is from a leaked training manual for the phone.
The normal S8 matches all of that spec, but what the S8 Active apparently has that the Galaxy S8 doesn’t is MIL-STD-810G certification. That’s a US military standard that means it can survive more extreme conditions, such as very high and low temperatures, shocks and vibration.
And that marketing material mentions that you’ll be able to buy the phone in ‘Meteor Gray’ or ‘Titanium Gold’.
Galaxy S8 Active pic.twitter.com/fcOHKzZnLWJuly 29, 2017
The image above is also another leaked marketing shot of the phone supplied by trusted leaker Evan Blass.
TechRadar’s take: The leaked photos we’ve seen look believable, so the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will probably be clad in a mixture of metal and plastic, with a chunky but durable design.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active camera and battery
The same 12MP and 8MP camera pairing as the S8
A huge 4,000mAh battery
We’ve heard from two separate sources that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has a 12MP camera, with one source (the marketing material pictured below) expanding on that and saying that it’s a dual-pixel one with an f/1.7 aperture, along with an 8MP snapper (also with an f/1.7 aperture) around the front.
That sounds like exactly the same pairing as the standard Galaxy S8 has, which is great news, as that has one of the best smartphone cameras around.
The same sources also say that the Galaxy S8 Active has a 4,000mAh battery, one which apparently supports fast and wireless charging.
That’s a big improvement over the 3,000mAh juice pack in the Galaxy S8, or even the 3,500mAh one in the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, so if true this should be one long-lasting phone.
TechRadar’s take: It looks like the S8 Active will share many of the S8’s specs, including those of its camera, so a 12MP rear snapper and an 8MP front one are likely, while a big 4,000mAh battery would be in line with its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active OS and power
Flagship power with a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM
There’s seemingly no change here from the standard S8, with every leak so far pointing to a Snapdragon 835 chipset (which is what the S8 uses in the US) and 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of storage and a microSD card slot supporting cards of up to 256GB.
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We’ve also heard that the S8 Active will run Android 7.0 Nougat and that it packs Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. Those specs would make it a real flagship, ready to compete with any other 2017 handset.
TechRadar’s take: With all rumors pointing to a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM that’s what we’d expect to see. If it launches soon then Android Nougat is also all but guaranteed, though it will very possibly be upgraded to Android O once that’s available.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active other features
A fingerprint scanner
Images suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will have a fingerprint scanner on the back, just like the standard Galaxy S8, and it’s also likely to inherit Bixby from that phone, complete with a dedicated hardware button to launch the AI assistant.
That’s not necessarily a good thing though, as one highlight of the Galaxy S7 Active was a remappable button that you could use as a shortcut to an app of your choice, but sources suggest that the Bixby button has replaced that here, and won’t be remappable.
TechRadar’s take: Samsung is sure to want to make the most of Bixby, so expect that to have a major presence on the S8 Active.
We all have that friend whose phone screen looks like a mosaic. Some of us are that friend.
But shatter-resistant screens are here to put an end to the sadness. And it sounds Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 variant — the Galaxy S8 Active — will be merely the latest phone to get the goods.
How might it work?
In 2015, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 was one of the first flagship smartphones to brag about a screen that wouldn’t crack.
When CNET put that claim to the test, it turned out Motorola was right. The display was damn near invincible, and it was mostly thanks to a surprisingly simple old-school technique: Plastics.
Unlike hard glass screens, soft plastic ones don’t tend to crack on impact.
The more recently released Moto Z2 Force, too, features a shatterproof display with polycarbonate (aka plastic) layers. The downsides are that plastic doesn’t feel quite as nice to the touch and it tends to scratch easily — which is why the Motorola phones typically come with a factory-installed screen protector to start.
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Will Samsung do this?
Turns out it already has. The Galaxy S7 Active featured a screen that was made with a plastic/glass blend akin to the Motorola phones.
And now, it seems Samsung may give the S8 Active a similar treatment. A recent leak on Chinese Social network Weibo claims that the S8 Active could feature a shatter-resistant screen as well. It’ll also be a flat screen according to previous leaks, which could protect from corner impacts as well.
But that might not be the only way Samsung improves upon the Galaxy S8. The Weibo leak claims that the S8 Active could get the following:
4,000mAh battery (vs. the S8’s 3,000mAh battery)
MIL-STD-810G durability rating (meaning protection against things like extreme temperature, high altitudes, and shock)
Colors like gray and gold
And that’s in addition to maintaining the Galaxy S8’s IP68 water resistance and edge-to-edge display.
The S8 Active may also be slightly bigger and heavier than the S8, according to the leak.
When can I get one?
The S7 Active was released in July and the S6 Active in June. This could mean we’re in store for a summer release, but there’s still no official word yet. The closest we got to a confirmation of the phone was when it was mentioned in some Samsung documents back in June, but no release date was given.
Samsung declined to comment on this story.
What we do know: Every day brings us closer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 reveal on August 23.