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For four years running, we’ve seen a Samsung Galaxy Active version of the flagship Galaxy S, something that dates way back to when the Galaxy S4 was released in 2013.

If you are a fan of this lineup, you’ll know that the Galaxy S Active family has had, basically, the same formula where the company adds a durable body that features a MIL-STD certification and a bigger battery when compared to the standard S models. This year, the Galaxy S8 has already broken cover and usually, the Active models from previous years have been coming out a few months after the release of the standard S models.

With three months since the Galaxy S8 and S8+ started selling in the U.S., it’s about time that the Galaxy S8 Active made its debut and as it is, the phone is just around the corner. After a series of images appeared online over the past few weeks, a new video showing off the Galaxy S8 Active in full glory has now been uploaded online. The person behind the video is someone who has alleged close ties to a Samsung employee and thus got his hands on this Samsung Galaxy S8 Active prototype.

Now that we have a better view of what’s coming and the expected specs and features, we have put down the 5 reasons you need to buy this upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active over the standard S8 and S8+ models.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active video

A flat screen

Samsung has wowed many fans with the jump to the curved screen design, but those who rocked the standard Galaxy S6 and S7 at a time when there were Edge options have been left out. But with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, you are being presented with the chance to get a flat screen variant of the powerful S8, which should be a welcome for a good number of people out there.

A bigger battery

Many people are not happy with Samsung’s choice of battery capacity on both S8 units, but with the new Galaxy S8 Active, you’ll be getting a massive 4000mAh unit, just like what has been the case with previous models that had bigger batteries than the standard phones. With this unit, it means you’ll be having 1000mAh more than the S8 or 500mAh more than the S8+, which is really cool.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active video

A robust build

There’s no doubt that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are beautiful phones to look at, but who buys a phone for the sole purpose of looking at? We have different workplaces carrying out different tasks. With a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active that boasts a MIL-STD certified body that is mostly made of polycarbonate and metal, you will be sure of picking up your phone when it’s still in good shape just in case it falls on a rock.

Even though the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have a Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the glass material, this doesn’t guarantee that you won’t end up with a cracked back or screen whenever the phone accidentally falls down.

Top-notch performance

Similar to previous cases, the only thing you lose by buying the Galaxy S8 Active over the standard S8 models is the beauty. As for the performance specs, they remain unchanged. This means you are getting the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC mated with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which should be expandable via a microSD card of up to 256GB. The cameras also remain unchanged at 12MP on the back and 8MP on the front. In addition, you will still be able to get Qi wireless charging, which makes it even better. Android 7.0 Nougat will run the show out of the box and even though this might be a little disappointing, you might still want to keep in mind that this is Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active video At&A

It’s still big and compact

According to the latest video, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will come with a screen size that is close to the 5.8-inch panel used on the standard S8. However, unlike previous models, there won’t be anything to do with rugged physical keys, instead, you get on-screen keys and a front-panel design that is almost like the LG G6.

To accommodate the bigger battery, the phone is allegedly 1.5x thicker than the normal S8, but this shouldn’t be a problem at all.

One let down, as usual

As usual, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will still carry its typical letdown. The phone will still be exclusive to AT&T, which should be a major hindrance for those who don’t fancy the carrier. Nonetheless, with a few workarounds, you might still be able to use the phone on other carriers, just like some people are already using the Galaxy S7 Active on T-Mobile yet it’s an AT&T exclusive.

You can watch the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active YouTube video here. Meanwhile, feel free to drop us your comments on your thoughts about this phone.