The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is designed for those who want a top-shelf phone like the Samsung Galaxy S8, but need protection from drops, falls, water and other things that can permanently damage the phone. Back on August 11th, the Galaxy S8 Active launched as an AT&T exclusive in the U.S. Sporting a flat AMOLED panel instead of the curved Infinity Display found on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Active variant of the phone also features a large 4000mAh battery and includes military grade MIL-STD-810G protection. Like the standard Galaxy S8/S8+, the Active offers an IP68 certification rating.
Today, it appears as though we are closing in on the release of an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. We come to that conclusion after the Wi-Fi Alliance certified the SM-G892U, which is similar to the SM-G892S model number for the AT&T exclusive version of the phone. The letter “U” most likely stands for “unlocked.” Speaking of unlocked, this is the first such variant of the Galaxy S8 Active since 2014’s Samsung Galaxy S5 Active.
When the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active was unveiled last month, there was some speculation that AT&T’s exclusivity would be for a limited time only. With this news, it appears that other U.S. carriers besides AT&T will be offering a version of the Galaxy S8 Active in the not too distant future.
Right now, AT&T is selling the Galaxy S8 Active for $28.34 a month over 30 months. Or, the handset can be purchased for a one time payment of $849.99. There are two color options available, Meteor Gray and Tungsten Gold.