Samsung reportedly set to release Galaxy S8 Active

Samsung reportedly set to release Galaxy S8 Active [Image: Geber86 via iStock]

In an apparent accidental leak on its own website, Samsung has revealed details of its upcoming Galaxy S8 Active, which is set to be a stronger, more rugged version of this year’s S8.

Samsung posted the name the device is currently known by, the G892A, on its Knox security software website. There is only one digit difference between the G891A, which the previously released Galaxy S7 Active was known by.

It follows rumours that the company would be launching a version of its flagship handset that would be more able to withstand dropping and other potential causes of damage.

The phone has also been seen at the US’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where the filing contains an image of the device. The image clearly shows the bumper protection that the sides of the Galaxy S8 Active will come with. It also shows a fingerprint scanner next to the camera, one of the more controversial decisions that Samsung made with the Galaxy S8.

According to the FCC filing, it supports Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi and the capability for Android Pay.

Samsung has also packed the Galaxy S8 Active with IP68 water resistance, bolstering its claim of ruggedness.

It is likely to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, an octa-core CPU, as well as Adreno 540 GPU. It will feature Android 7.1 and 4GB of RAM.

The Active version of the smartphone will also come with the same Bixby button that the original S8 features, which has also divided users and reviewers, who have yet to see the benefits the new personal assistant can offer.

It is not yet clear when or where Samsung will release the Galaxy S8 Active.