Exclusive: The SM-G892A is the Galaxy S8 Active for AT&T, codenamed Cruiser

Did you think Samsung wouldn’t be launching an Active variant of the Galaxy S8, because the S8′s beautiful design just does not warrant being modified? It was certainly something some of us here at SamMobile had been thinking, but it looks like Samsung’s Active line of smartphones will continue this year. The Galaxy S8 Active is in the works, has model number SM-G892A, and is codenamed Cruiser.

Why Cruiser? Well, according to Wikipedia, cruiser “came to be a classification for the ships intended for cruising distant waters, commerce raiding, and scouting for the battle fleet” in the middle of the 19th century, and the part about cruising distant waters is probably the main reason for the codename. Active variants of Samsung’s Galaxy S flagships have always have larger batteries, and maybe Cruiser is meant to portray that it can walk the extra mile without needing refuelling with a charger. A cruiser is also the “largest and most powerful surface combatant”, and Samsung’s latest Active device is certainly going to be strong and quite large. 

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Of course, it remains to be seen what kind of ruggedness the Galaxy S8 Active will carry, and just how Samsung will go about adding the rugged elements to the sleek and beautiful design of the S8. MIL-STD-810G standard compliance (in addition to IP68 certification) is pretty much a given, but what would be interesting to see is whether the S8 Active will have an Active key like its predecessors in addition to the Bixby button.

Oh, and for those wondering, it does look like the Active variant of the S8 will be exclusive to AT&T, although we can always hope the Active line will finally break that exclusivity (or at least get Gear VR support). Samsung usually unveils Active handsets in June, so there is still some time to go before the Galaxy S8 Active goes official. We’ll be sure to update you with any new information on the rugged handset.

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1 month 12 days ago

I hope that in the Samsung Galaxy active 8 will be a mechanical row of buttons under the screen! Highly really hope for it!

Mizan Faruq
2 months 8 days ago

Yes, love to hear that. I think S8 and S8+ are low in battery. So S8 Active may be able fulfill user’s need. It will be more interesting if Actve comes with Exynos processor as it is better than Snapdragon. I wish S8 Active will be my first Active variant mobile from Samsung.

Mizan Faruq
2 months 3 days ago

Moreover, it should be supplied not only in America but also in world markets like UAE, CHINA etc.

2 months 8 days ago

Note 4 india sm-n910g getting 383 MB software update of 1 april, 2017 security patch today ( 16 april )

2 months 9 days ago

Well the active series are awesome and i would get it but one, one! The only thing is that it’s not that good software supported!

2 months 9 days ago

the active line is totally underrated .. mainly due to the exclusivity to AT&T and USA..
its the ONLY thing holding this phone back i think !

how can you even improve on the S7active anyhows !?
totally waterproof (not resistant) gearVR support. worldwide release WITH support
nothing from the S8 could improve the S7active other than the CPU/RAM tech.

2 months 10 days ago

I hope that there’s a SM-G892F/FD variant of the S8 Active, as the Active series of Galaxy phones have the best buttons i’ve experienced

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