Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active full specs ahead of launch date
Samsung and AT&T are poised to release their ruggedized version of the flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, the Galaxy S7 Active. As usual, the specifications for this water- and dust-resistant handset closely match those of its mainstream line mate, according to an official spec sheet shown to VentureBeat.
The design of the S7 Active (pictured above, in black and gold) has not changed much from last year’s Active model. However, its measurements are slightly larger across all three dimensions, including an increased thickness of 9.9 millimeters — over a millimeter thicker than the 8.6-millimeter Galaxy S6 Active.
There’s also been a 15-gram weight gain, from 170 grams to 185 grams.
That increase is likely due to the S7 Active’s significantly larger battery, whose 4000mAh capacity is almost 15 percent greater than the prior model’s 3500mAh pack. However, the bigger dimensions do not house a larger screen, as has been rumored previously about this device; instead, its 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560-pixel Super AMOLED display is the same as both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 Active.
Besides the addition of a microSD slot, most of the S7 Active’s changes occur under the hood. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip from Qualcomm, and features 4GB of RAM (1GB more than last year) and 32GB of internal storage. Out of the box, the new Active will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The S7 Active features a 12-megapixel camera, down from the 16-megapixel resolution found in the S6 and S6 Active. But like the Galaxy S7, the S7 Active benefits from a so-called dual pixel sensor that improves low-light image capture. Once again, the front-facing selfie cam offers a five megapixel resolution.
Finally, like last year’s Galaxy S6 Active, the S7 Active will be exclusive to AT&T when it launches in June — likely on June 10, as the date on the renders’ screens suggests.