Specs comparison: Galaxy S7 Active vs Galaxy S8 Active

AT&T finally unveiled the Galaxy S8 Active officially yesterday. It will start taking pre-orders for the device from today. Samsung says that the Galaxy S8 Active is the most toughest Galaxy smartphone it has ever made.

The device is built to military grade durability standards so it’s shatter, shock, water and dust resistant. It also has the same internals as the Galaxy S8 with one or two major changes which are immediately noticeable.

The Galaxy S8 Active is a big step up from the Galaxy S7 Active though. The chart below will give you a good idea of the specs comparison between these two handsets.

Samsung has said that the Galaxy S8 Active will be exclusive to AT&T for a limited time so it may be the first Active handset to eventually be available from other carriers as well. Who knows, Samsung might end up releasing an unlocked variant as well.

Galaxy S7 ActiveGalaxy S8 Active
Display5.1-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD, 16:95.8-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9
Processor2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 64-bit2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 64-bit
Rear camera12-megapixel, OIS, F1.7 aperture, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording
Front camera5-megapixel, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording
Storage32GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB)64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB)
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow, upgradeable to NougatAndroid 7.0 Nougat
Battery4,000mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging4,000mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging
Connectivity4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions148.8×74.9x 9.9mm, 184.8g151.9×74.9×9.9mm, 208.1g
Other featuresSamsung Pay, IP68 water resistance, fingerprint sensorAKG earphones, 32-bit audio, Bixby virtual assistant, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor, military standard durability


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Glad to have the larger screen and it seems that Bluetooth 5.0 is a major upgrade over 4.2 (2x the speed and 4x the range) That said, upgrading from my S6 Active would mean losing some creature comforts I’ve come to love with my phone. – Programmable quick launch “Active” button. Locking the button down for Bixby use only seems like a lame way to force people to use your software. If it’s good, people will use it. – IR Blaster. Great trick to impress your friends at bars and restaurants. There are IR blasters that work out of the… Read more »


why so much writing about a phone that is viable on only one operator, and will never be relevant for 98% of your user base?


I keep mentioning this, they always say when updates are released on US carriers when the rest of the world has already received them. Mention only the first country(s) to get a device or update and that’s it. No need to constantly write about it.


Not correct. AT&T will have it exclusively only for a time and will then be available more widely. You can buy an unlocked S7 Active right now, not tied to any carrier. It was a very short time before it became available outside AT&T. Look now, new unlocked $570 on Amazon.


I didn’t know that. thanks


Release it in the UK and you can have my money.