Samsung Ruggedises S6 Flagship

Samsung’s Galaxy Active line-up is expanding with the Galaxy S6 Active smartphone: an iteration on its current flagship.

Built with rugged use in mind, the S6 Active is housed in an IP68-compliant housing. It can survive submersion in water up to 1.5m for 30 minutes, and is shock-proof and dust-resistant. The US MIL-STD-810G standard is met for resistance to vibration, humidity, altitude and temperature. Additionally, the Activity Zone provides fast access to various features for outdoors-types, such as a torch, compass and stopwatch.

Battery life is a challenge for people who might not have access to a wall socket for a day or more. The S6 Active has a 3,500mAh battery, with an Ultra Power Saving mode enabling 24 hours of talk time at 10% battery. It can also be charged to 50% capacity in 30 minutes, and supports wireless charging.

Unlike the regular S6 and S6 Edge, there is no fingerprint sensor. Instead, the handset features three physical buttons (back, home and multi-window), as found on most modern Android phones.

Specifications are similar to the original S6. The phone features a 5.1″ AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, running Android 5.0.2 on a Samsung 1.5GHz octa-core 64-bit processor (thought to be the Exynos 7420) and 3GB of RAM. Storage is 32GB.

AT&T is selling the S6 Active in the USA; a launch in other regions has not been announced. The price has not been revealed, although instalment plans range from $23.17 per month (30 months) to $34.75 per month (20 months).