Samsung has a long tradition of releasing “Active” models of its Galaxy S smartphones. Since 2013 when the Galaxy S4 Active was launched, it has become the norm rather than an exception to get the rugged and hardy version of Samsung’s top-of-the-range smartphone. This year is likely to not be any different.
A listing of devices compatible with the most recent version of an application meant for use with Samsung’s Level headsets indicates that the Galaxy S7 Active actually exists. It is worth noting that any references to members of the Galaxy S7 family have since been dropped on the app’s description on the Play Store.
Since Samsung is yet to reveal any details about the device that can only mean that we will be seeing it sometime soon.
Samsung’s latest high-end smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, feature IP68 certification – meaning that they can be immersed in water up to a metre deep for about half an hour and fully dust proof. As a result, few would see the need for an Active model. However, the Active range’s strength is in the overall sturdiness of the device which includes the materials. The curved glass of the Galaxy S7 could be discarded in favour of military-grade materials as well as accommodate a much larger battery.
When or where we’ll get to see the Galaxy S7 Active is still unknown but we’ll surely be hearing more about it going forward. If past releases of Active devices are anything to go by, we have until June to find out everything about the device.