Back in August, Samsung made the rugged variant of its flagship Galaxy S8 officially official for AT&T. The Active line has been an AT&T exclusive for years, but in September a rumor suggested that could change this year. Now we know that is indeed the case.
Samsung announced today that the Galaxy S8 Active will launch on both Sprint and T-Mobile at some point in the future. Unfortunately the announcement is missing key parts, like how much either device will cost on each network, or when they will become available.
Thankfully, T-Mobile has announced that the Galaxy S8 Active will launch on its online store on November 17, and that it will land in retail stores on November 21. It will cost $100 down and $30 per month on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan over 24 months, or $100 down and $29 per month on a JUMP! On Demand 18-month lease. It’s priced at $820 full retail.
Still waiting on Sprint to make its own announcements.
Samsung had said in the past that the Galaxy S8 Active would basically be a timed exclusive for AT&T, so this announcement isn’t too surprising. Still, the Active lineup has been a way for Galaxy S flagship fans to get a rugged version of the device without having to pick up a case, so it will be interesting to see if the Galaxy S8 Active picks up any traction on two new carriers.
The Galaxy S8 Active has a 4000mAh battery, too, larger than what’s in the standard Galaxy S8. But it doesn’t boast Samsung’s Infinity Display, rather opting for a flat 5.8-inch quad HD Super AMOLED screen to accommodate the rugged design.
If you’re on Sprint or T-Mobile, will you consider picking up the Galaxy S8 Active?