Samsung's Galaxy S7 Active trades beauty for action

Samsung has formally released a tougher version of its flagship phone in the form of the Galaxy S7 Active, which bears a rugged case and larger battery.

Samsung’s new flagships, the S7 and S7 Edge, released earlier this year to high praise, and now the Korean company has released a follow-up in the form of the Galaxy S7 Active; a rugged device which is, for now, exclusive to AT&T in the United States.
As usual, Samsung hasn’t just encased it’s flagship S7 in a Batman-style suit of armor – though you can buy that. The Galaxy S7 Active is housed in a drop and water-proof case, bears a shatter-resistant 5.1″ screen, and carries a massive 4,000mAh battery.
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For a device that trades physical beauty for durability, this isn’t as brutal an effort as one might expect; the S7’s aluminium edges get traded in for rubber, while physical buttons dominate the device’s bottom chin.
Inside, the song remains the same; users can expect to see the same QHD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, front fingerprint reader, and 12/5 megapixel camera split which is fronted by the standard Galaxy S7.
The Galaxy S7 Active is expected to sell for $26.50 USD per month on AT & T’s standard Next plan, and there’s no official confirmation yet as to whether Samsung plans to issue the device as part of a wider launch; we’d love to see it here in South Africa.
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What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active? Would you buy this rugged version over the standard Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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