Samsung has only just unveiled its latest smartphone duo at MWC, but it seems that we could be calling them a trio soon enough.
Part of Samsung’s more durable product line, the Galaxy S6 Active has been leaked this week with a full spec sheet – offering yet another device for Samsung fans to drool over ahead of its release.
Whilst the S6 Active is technically a different smartphone from the S6 and S6 Edge, you wouldn’t figure that out by glancing at its spec list.
Boasting a 5.1” Super AMOLED QHD display, the rugged S6 smartphone offers an identical display to that on the regular S6.
It’s not just the screen which stays as it is either, with the Exynos 7420 chipset, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage also brought across.
Photographers will have no trouble using the S6 Active either, with a 16 megapixel and 5 megapixel duo making the cut – once again in keeping with the standard Galaxy S6.
In fact, the only thing that is different inside the S6 Active is its battery, which has apparently been boosted to a whopping 3500mAh – the same size as the Galaxy Note 4.
This should mean a hefty increase in battery life from the S6 considering that the screen is the same size, but we won’t be holding our breath until we get confirmation from Samsung about this.
The majority of the changes between the S6 and S6 Active are on the design front, with Samsung altering plenty between the two models.
The first major difference is the size of the handset, which balloons from 6.8mm thin to 8.8mm. This is for a good purpose though, offering much more protection to the internal kit if you happen to drop it.
Don’t expect to see such a polished appearance either, with Samsung also set to make the S6 look as rugged as it feels.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been given too much information about the actual durability of the S6 Active – even though it wouldn’t be out of the question to see the IP68 certification return.
Also, news about the built-in battery and MicroSD card compatibility hasn’t been mentioned yet, so we’re also unsure whether these will be the same as seen on the standard Galaxy S6.
Rumours surrounding the S6 Active’s release date point to sometime in May or June, with Samsung likely to focus on its flagship phone releases first.
In terms of pricing, the S6 Active might not be all that cheap, especially considering that its specs read very similarly to that of the standard S6 model.
But considering its less flashy design, you still might be able to make a saving of sorts with the device – but we’ll have to wait and see on this front.
Written by Luke Hatfield