Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is anything but rugged — although it is gorgeous — and it’s missing the cool, water-resistance feature we saw on the S5. Luckily, Samsung and AT&T have introduced an Active variant, for those of us who tend to drop our phones or are too careless around water.
Updated on 06-08-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in news of the phone’s official arrival on AT&T’s website, the confirmed specs, and official photos.
The Galaxy S6 Active has all the high-end specs of its sleeker, more fragile brother, but it comes in a tough, rugged body that can take a real beating. Here’s everything you need to know:
Rugged design in fun, camo colors
Many of the phones in Samsung’s Active line share similar attributes to the flagship versions after which they are modeled, just invariably bigger and brawnier. Although the exact dimensions are not listed on AT&T’s site, the S6 Active follows this pattern with a tougher body made of plastic. Of course, that extra heft adds much-needed protection to the device, so that the phone can survive a drop from 4-feet above onto a flat surface.
The Galaxy S6 Active meets U.S. Mil-STD-810G for water-resistance and has an IP68 rating, which is the highest in its class. You can even dunk your Active under 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes, and it will still work. Additionally, the phone can deal with dust, extreme temperature, humidity, and high altitude without being damaged.
AT&T will offer the S6 Active in a few cool colors, including two camo options: one in tones of gray and white, and another in tones of navy blue and black. Those who don’t like camo can choose the gray option.
High-end specs and a big battery
Although the Galaxy S6 Active doesn’t look much like the sexy flagship it’s named after, its insides match up almost perfectly. The Active sports a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, and is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7420 octa-core 64-bit processor. It comes with 32GB of internal storage built in. On the back of the device, there’s a 16-megapixel camera, and on the front, you’ve got a 5-megapixel selfie camera.
Luckily, Samsung decided to pack a nice, big battery into the S6 Active, despite rumors to the contrary. The rugged phone houses a 3,500mAh battery, that can be juiced up with a wireless charger. Ultra Power Saving Mode will give you a 10-percent charge, and Fast Charging will juice it up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.
The Galaxy S6 Active runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Samsung’ TouchWiz on top. Since it’s the Active version, Samsung added a special feature called the Activity Zone, which offers a quick launching compass, flashlight, stopwatch, and other utilities outdoor adventures may need.
Price and availability date
AT&T will offer the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active for $0 down with an AT&T Next plan. Would-be buyers will have to pay $23.17 a month for 30 months on the Next 24 program. Alternatively, they can pay $28.96 per month for 24 months on Next 18, or $34.75 a month for 20 months on Next 12. The rugged phone will go on sale in stores and online, starting June 12.
The carrier’s also got a few deals for those who buy the Active on AT&T Next, including a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 — but you’ll have to buy the tablet on a two-year contract along with data — and you can get the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad at 50-percent off with the purchase of the smartphone with Next or a two year agreement.
As part of its promotion of the device, AT&T will sell the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active at upcoming Reebok Spartan Race events, including ones in Breckenridge, Colorado on June 13; Dallas, Texas on June 20; Midway, Utah on June 27; and Palmerton, Pennsylvania on July 11.