Samsung app confirms company plans to release Galaxy S7 Active

Igor Bonifacic

March 28, 2016 1:03pm

Samsung plans to release an Active variant of the Galaxy S7 — at least if one of the company’s own apps is any indication.

In the most recent update to Samsung Level, the app’s revised list of supported devices adds a mention to the Galaxy S7 Active. Based on that information, it seems like the Active is definitely coming. What we don’t is how the device will be different from the company’s two recently released devices.

When Samsung adopted an all-metal design with the S6, it dropped waterproofing as a feature. As a result of that decision, one of the selling points of the S6 Active was that it was waterproof.

Obviously, that’s no longer the case; with the S7 lineup, both the standard and edge models are IP67 certified. If an S7 owner wants to pour champagne on their new device a la Lil Wayne, they don’t need to get the more rugged active to do so. According to SamMobile, which first noted the mention of the Active in the new version of the Level app, the Active could feature a larger battery and a rugged, military-esque exterior that’s also shock proof.

Another possibility is even better waterproofing.

In a tweet posted last week, VentureBeat editor and serial device leaker Evan Blass said Samsung’s codename for the S7 Active is Poseidon, a name that suggests the phone could feature more comprehensive waterproofing than the company’s two more consumer-facing handsets.

As always, we’ll have to wait for Samsung to announce the Active before we know all the details, but for fans of more rugged phones, the good news is that the company hasn’t forgotten about you.

  • KiwiBri

    Nice picture of the galaxy s7

  • thereasoner

    Actually, the S7 is IP68 certified already so it’s already better than IP67. That said, the S7 Active is supposed to offer better protection over all from things like water as its code name would suggest, also shock proof, thermal protection and possibly a shatter proof screen as per Motorola among other tough upgrades.

    • KiwiBri

      but it most likely will not have a fingerprint sensor like the S6 Active, but physical buttons. It *may* have the screen sensitivity setting as well like the S6 Active had but removed on the regular S6 devices.

      I think a lot of people will just get a Otterbox case and put a S7 inside that.

    • thereasoner

      Yeah, I don’t think that the Active versions were ever big sellers but I do like the fact that a case is not required.

    • Brett Arnold Allard

      If Samsung gave us this option upon launch, i too would be the one buying the active in place of a more sensitive front/back glass panel phone.

      But I decided on the S7 edge this year and I’m very happy that I did!

    • Nadefrenzy

      That’s cuz they weren’t available in Canada (least not the S6 active). It’s a far better device than the S6 itself. With the various protective measures, and almost a 50% increase in battery life to boot.

  • jeff the chef

    Did the s6 active ever make it to Canada?