If your carrier happens to be AT&T then you should probably consider buying the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active – a very rugged smartphone with top notch specs and a very powerful battery. The device is exclusive to AT&T, so if you have a different carrier like Verizon or Sprint, you won’t be able to get it.
Similar to Samsung Galaxy S7
If you compare Samsung Galaxy S7 to Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, you won’t notice any differences specs wise: both sport a Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4 GB of RAM, the storage capacity is 32 GB and it can be expanded with the use of a microSD card.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active software
Much like Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Active also features Android Marshmallow right out of the box. However, it also contains some features that are specific to AT&T that cannot be removed.
The two cameras (the front one and the back one) on both models are also alike: a 12 MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture plus dual-LED flash and a 5 MP front camera with a similar aperture.
As for the design, S7 Active sports a 5.1 inch display with a super AMOLED QHD panel protected by Gorilla Glass 4. These features are completed with a polycarbonate layer on top of the display that protects the device from drops. It also has an IP68 certification which makes it water-proof and dust-proof just like S7 and S7 Edge.
Samsung Galaxy S7 features a fingerprint scanner in the physical home button and it works even if you have dirty or wet fingers. This is something impressive because Apple’s fingerprint scanners cannot do that.
It’s also thicker than the other models so it can’t really be used in a VR headset.
Active Key on Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
The device has a three mode Active Key: single press, double press and long press. The single press features launches the Activity Zone which offers info on weather, compas. The double press can contact somebody or the police. Long pressing launches Direct TV.
Galaxy S7 Active Battery Unit and pricing
The S7 Active features a 4000 mAh battery which is far more powerful than the 3600 mAh battery found in the S7 and S7 Edge and can be charged wirelessly via Quallcomm’s Quick Charge.
Finally, the device is priced at $795 dollars and if you’re thinking of purchasing it keep in mind that it’s exclusive to AT&T.