After the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, every AT&T user who is also a fan of the rugged variant of the Galaxy S series has been eagerly waiting for when the carrier will be unveiling the Galaxy S8 Active.
For years now, the American carrier has been working with Samsung to release a rugged version of the flagship Galaxy S series and so far, this partnership has proved to be a success. During the existence of this partnership, AT&T has received insignificant competition in this market, with the only threat that came close being Sprint’s Galaxy S Sport series. But for the past few years, Sprint hasn’t unveiled any Sport variant, meaning anyone who needs a tougher Galaxy S series phone without turning to a case must be willing to join AT&T.
There’s no denying that the Galaxy S Active series has been one of the best choices for those who like outdoor activities and still want a powerful gadget with them. Other than donning a rugged body that is tougher than the usual glass and metal used on the standard models, the Galaxy S Active has been making things sweeter by including a bigger battery unit. However, all these reinforcements meant that the price of the phone was also a little higher than the standard variant.
We know that the Galaxy S8 Active is in the works and in fact, we’ve seen a leaked image of the same phone. If things remain unchanged, where the S8 Active will still command a higher price tag than the already high price tag of the Galaxy S8, well, AT&T and LG have something that you might like. Although not as promising as the S8 Active as far as performance hardware is concerned, the new LG X Venture is a phone that can easily take the place of the Galaxy S8 Active at less than half the price of the latter.
Like the Galaxy S8 Active, no other carrier will be selling the LG X Venture, a phone that will be ready for purchase on AT&T starting May 26, which is actually this Friday. The Galaxy S7 Active not only shipped with an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, but it also came in with a MIL-STD-810G certified body. This is the same story that should be happening with the Galaxy S8 Active, but given the budget nature of the LG X Venture, not all of these will be featured.
Apparently, AT&T says that the new LG X Venture smartphone will give you an impressive IP68 dust and water resistance rating, which puts it on the same page with the Galaxy S8, S8+ and the upcoming Galaxy S8 Active. This means that the X Venture will still be in great shape even after diving in water that is 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes.
From the image shared by the carrier, the back of the LG X Venture appears textured, a feature that should make holding it in one’s hand a lot easier, especially when on the go. It gets even better, where the phone will also ship with what is known as Glove Mode. This is a feature that will allow users of the phone to have no problem operating it even when wearing gloves of up to 2mm thick.
Like the Galaxy S7 Active and presumably the S8 Active, the LG X Venture has a side button that is dedicated to launching the phone’s Outdoor Essentials app. This app has a number of features aimed at helping those who want to use the phone in outdoor activities, including a compass, barometer and even counters for recording distance, steps and calories burned. As for the rest of the hardware specs, the LG X Venture will be nowhere near the Galaxy S8 Active with its 5.2-inch display screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
The back of the X Venture has a 16MP shooter while the front gives you a 5MP lens for selfies. To keep it alive, LG went for a massive 4100mAh battery unit, which beats the 4000mAh used on last year’s Galaxy S7 Active and for the software, there’s Android 7.0 Nougat running the show.
AT&T says that the LG X Venture will be yours for $11 per month payable in 30 months.