Today Samsung and AT&T announced the Galaxy S6 Active, a variant of the Galaxy S6 with a greater focus on durability and ruggedness. Releasing an Active version of their flagship Galaxy device has become a tradition for Samsung since the Galaxy S4, and it looks like this year is no exception. While it differs in its construction and design, I think people will find that its specifications are quite familiar. I've organized its specifications in the table below.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
SoC Exynos 7420 2.1/1.5GHz A57/A53
Memory and Storage 3GB LPDDR4-1552, 32GB NAND
Display 5.1" 2560x1440 AMOLED
Cellular Connectivity 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6 LTE)
Dimensions ?

16MP (5132 x 2988) Rear Facing

5MP Front Facing

Battery 3500 mAh (13.48Wh)
Other Connectivity 2x2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.1, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, NFC
Operating System Android 5.0.2 Lollipop + Touchwiz

As far as its specifications go, the Galaxy S6 Active is effectively the same device as the normal Galaxy S6. It has the same 5.1" 2560x1440 AMOLED display, the same Exynos 7420 SoC, the same cameras, and the same connectivity. Where it differs are its dimensions, and subsequently, its battery capacity. While Samsung hasn't disclosed the size and mass of the Galaxy S6 Active, it's safe to say based on the photos that the rugged build makes it a larger device than the normal Galaxy S6. However, the larger size and greater thickness have allowed for a substantial increase in battery capacity. While the normal Galaxy S6 ships with a 9.81Wh battery and the S6 Edge with a 10.01Wh battery, the Galaxy S6 Active has a whopping 13.48Wh battery.

The biggest difference from the original Galaxy S6 with the Galaxy S6 Active is its design. The glass back of the Galaxy S6 is gone, and the entire device is surrounded by an additional frame to protect from damage. The single home button and capacitive keys have been replaced by three hardware buttons as well. It also appears that the fingerprint sensor has been removed in order to accommodate the hardware buttons.

As a rugged device for an active lifestyle, the Galaxy S6 Active wouldn't be complete without resistance to water and dust. Its chassis has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, which guarantees protection when submerged in water as deep as 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. The Galaxy S6 Active also meets the Mil-STD-810G standard for resistance to pressure, temperature, humidity, shocks and vibrations.

AT&T lists the Galaxy S6 Active as "Coming Soon", and customers will be able to purchase it on June 12. It will be available in camo white, camo blue, and grey finishes. On AT&T Next the Galaxy S6 Active will cost $0 up front, with a $695 cost split into monthly payments for a 20, 24, or 30 month term.

Source: AT&T

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  • WorldWithoutMadness - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    Paragraph 1. The last sentence is cut off. I'll finish it
    'I've organized a massive party for the chickens who crossed the road.'
  • Brandon Chester - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    Sorry about that. There's a bit of a scramble right now with Samsung launching a device on the day of WWDC.
  • jjj - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    The S4 Active was so much more presentable. with the S6 they went with big upper and lower bezels and the added bulk here makes things a lot worse.At least if they had solar on the back, getting really bored waiting for such phones. If they went this far and killed it as a mainstream device, they could have at least added some functionality that fits the target market.
  • protomech - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    You could probably fit a 500 mW solar panel on the back of the phone. It'd take about 3 days in direct sunlight to fully charge ... if the phone was off.
  • Ammaross - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    But it worked for my pocket calculator in high school! OMG it's SOLAR!
  • Kracer - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    Will it be available internationally?
  • psychobriggsy - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    Does this really need the digital camouflage back?

    At least this has the water protection that the S6 lost. The large battery is appealing too. Still probably not enough to upgrade from my S4, until that finally breaks.
  • Ammaross - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    I agree. The larger battery, a big of ruggidizing, and the water resistance are nice toss-ins that makes me think I'd get the Active over the mainstream S6. Still waiting for an "Alpha" or Note that has an SD card slot though....
  • Laxaa - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    It's certainly not a looker, but that extra battery capacity is sure nice to have.
  • whiteiphoneproblems - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    If I still used Samsung, and was on AT&T, I would probably get this phone.

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