For the first time, a Samsung Galaxy S Active smartphone will be available from a U.S. carrier not named AT&T.
The Galaxy S8 Active is coming to both Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S. Sprint hasn't revealed its launch date or price for the phone, but T-Mobile will begin selling it online on November 17th and in stores on November 22nd. Pricing will be set at $100 down and $30 per month for 24 months ($820 total) on EIP or $100 down and $29 per month on an 18-month JUMP! On Demand lease.
The version of the Galaxy S8 Active that's launching on Sprint and T-Mobile is largely the same as the one that's been available from AT&T for months now. It's got a flat 5.8-inch 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, and 4GB of RAM. There's 64GB of built-in storage as well as a microSD card slot for adding more storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.
Of course, one of the highlight features of the Galaxy S8 Active is its toughened body. It's got a metal frame with bumpers to help it withstand drops, and it also meets the MIL-STD-810G military standard to survive extreme temperatures, low pressure, high altitude, and more. The phone is water and dust resistant, too, and it's got a textured back to give you added grip.
One other detail worth mentioning involves the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S8 Active. This device is the second phone to support T-Mobile's 600MHz LTE network, which offers improved coverage. T-Mo's 600MHz service is only live in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Scarborough, Maine right now, but T-Mobile has pledged to expand coverage to the following areas by the end of 2017:
If you're a Sprint or T-Mobile customer that's interested in the Galaxy S8 Active, you can check out our hands-on review right here to learn more about the device while you wait for your carrier to launch it.