The wait is over! A rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has been confirmed for both T-Mobile and Sprint. When Samsung first announced the Galaxy S8 Active in August, it was slated for release exclusively for AT&T. But after today’s announcement, it looks like the Galaxy S8 Active has completed its initial exclusivity period and is ready to spread its wings to other U.S. carriers.
Although this announcement doesn’t really come as a surprise, it’s the first time a Galaxy S Active variant was made available to carriers other than AT&T. When the device launched, Samsung had expressed that AT&T would have a time limited exclusivity period for the Galaxy S8 Active; unlike the previous Active models of the S6 and S7. Once that time was up, Samsung would be offering the phone for users on other networks too.
The T-Mobile and Sprint version of the Galaxy S8 Active will have the same specs available as the AT&T-exclusive model. This includes a water and dust resistance frame with a shatter-resistant 5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen. Camera-wise, the phone has a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing sensor. Powering it from within is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. There is a 64GB onboard storage with expandable storage via a microSD card slot. The phone also comes with a powerful 4,000mAh battery. Although the device comes in two colors, Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold, it looks like the latter will remain as an AT&T-exclusive option.
Sprint has not yet announced the price and availability date for the Galaxy S8 Active. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has confirmed that the device will be available online starting November 17th and a November 22nd availability date for T-Mo stores. T-Mobile has priced the Galaxy S8 Active at $ 820 but will be available for a $ 100 down and $ 30 per month for 24 months on EIP or with an 18-month JUMP! On Demand lease for $ 100 down and $ 29 per month price. It’s roughly the same as AT&T’s $ 28.34 per month for 30 months or $ 849.99 full retail price.
One of the reasons why this announcement is exciting for T-Mobile users is because the Galaxy S8 Active comes with support for the Uncarrier’s 600MHz (Band 71) coverage. What this means is that the reach of the LTE coverage is extended on this device. Currently, this will work really well with users who reside in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Scarborough, Maine. Other parts in the US where T-Mobile is slated to launch in include the following:
- Central Pennsylvania
- Central Virginia
- Coastal North Carolina
- Eastern Washington
- Additional areas of Maine
- Northeast and Southwest Oregon
- Southwest Kansas
- The Oklahoma panhandle
- West Texas
- Western North Dakota
The device also comes with 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM support on T-Mobile.
Is the T-Mobile or Sprint version of the Galaxy S8 Active still something you would be interested in?
Sources: Tmo News, The Verge