Sprint and T-Mobile have today launched their respective carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S8 Active in the United States, following the handset’s debut through AT&T, the former exclusive carrier for Active devices, at the beginning of August.
How much is Galaxy S8 Active through Sprint?
The Galaxy S8 Active is available to purchase from both Sprint’s nationwide brick-and-mortar retail spaces and online store, with pricing reduced to $17.71 per month (50 percent off) on a two-year Sprint Flex plan to celebrate Black Friday.
How much is the Galaxy S8 Active through T-Mobile?
T-Mobile, on the other hand, is only selling the device through its online portal for now where it’s available for $820 outright—or $30 per month with $100 down when you spread the cost over two years. Offline sales will commence on November 22.
What’s the difference between the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Active?
For those in need of a refresher, the Galaxy S8 Active is near-identical to the Galaxy S8; it features a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 12MP rear-facing camera, and ships running Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo).
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There are a couple of notable differences, however.
Samsung has, for example, swapped the unit’s meagre 3,000mAh battery with a 4,000mAh one, introduced a flat Infinity Display and replaced its elegant glass body with a military-grade polycarbonate shell.
The Galaxy S8 Active is also the first Active handset to come with a (tiresome) Bixby button, instead of a programmable Active key, which is a decision that’s bound to deter many potential customers.
With that in mind, we’d love to know whether you’re planning on picking up the ruggedized Galaxy S8 Active. Be sure to let us know in the comments section below—or over on Facebook or Twitter.