In 2013 Samsung made its first waterproof Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S4 Active, and it may be about to release the Galaxy S7 Active.
That Galaxy S4 Active was released two months after the standard model hit the shelves. Since then the “Active” variant has kept coming back with each new version of the Galaxy smartphone, writes Mihai Matei for Android Headlines.
Samsung mentions Galaxy S7 Active in app description
The same was true of the Galaxy S5, when even the standard edition came with an IP67 certificate proving its waterproof capabilities. Although the Galaxy S7 is IP68 rated, rumors are swirling that Samsung is set to release an Active version of the recently released smartphone.
Samsung seems to have confirmed the rumors in the description of an official app in the Google Play Store, which mentions a Galaxy S7 Active. The company has not confirmed the rumors, but the phone was mentioned in the description for Samsung Level.
The application is meant to work with Samsung Level Bluetooth devices and provides support for SoundAlive, Text-To-Speech and Volume Monitor. Among the list of supported devices are the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy J series, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S7. Later on comes the Galaxy S7 Active, which officially doesn’t even exist yet.
Leakster reveals product number of new smartphone
As mentioned previously rumors of the existence of the S7 Active have been swirling for a while. Last week renowned leakster @evleaks said in a Tweet that the Galaxy S7 Active would have the model number “SM-G891A” and would be referred to by the codename “Poseidon.” The aquatic reference is thought to arise from its waterproof capabilities thanks to an IP68 rating.
The Google Play Store mention adds further weight to these rumors. To be honest it looks as though all that is missing is an official announcement from Samsung.
It seems likely that the new phone will be carried by AT&T in the United States. The carrier has previous form for pushing the Active variants of Samsung smartphones in its stores.
Evidence mounting that Galaxy S7 Active is on its way
Further evidence is provided by a recent listing on Zauba, a website that keeps track of imports and exports in India. On March 16 a 5.1-inch phone with model number SM-G891A entered India, presumably on its way to the testing facilities found there.
The model number is important when compared to that of the Galaxy S6 Active, which was numbered SM-G890A. The Galaxy S5 Active was numbered SM-G870.
The Galaxy S6 Active was released on June 12 2015, while the Galaxy S5 Active, was released a week earlier in June 2014. If Samsung sticks to this pattern we could see an early June release of the S7 Active.
Samsung has enjoyed some success with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, which were released just a month ago to critical acclaim. The standard models are rated IP68 for dust- and waterproofing, so the Active variant will have to be even more resistant.
The strengthened glass on the front and back of the S7 is one potential point of weakness. Samsung could remove the glass and add some more durable materials in order to make the Active variant more suitable for dangerous situations. Many users would welcome the addition of a more durable variant which could be used to film outdoors or be used without worry on hiking trails.