For the third year running, Samsung has revamped its latest flagship smartphone for athletic and rugged enthusiasts, and its coming exclusively to AT&T starting June 12.
The Galaxy S6 Active packs the same stellar cameras, 5.1-inch screen and speedy internals as a regular Galaxy S6, but adds a reinforced case with military grade 810G durability, physical buttons for home, back and menu, a larger 3500-mAh battery, and, most notably, is IP68 waterproof at up to 5 feet for 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, unlike Active phones of the past, the S6 Active doesn’t come with a removable battery or an expandable microSD slot, so you’re limited to the 32GB of storage that comes built into the phone.
Interested buyers will need to pony up $28.96 per month on AT&T Next over 24 months for a total of $695, which is only $10 more than a regular S6.
Even though the rough-and-tumble exterior on the Active is a little more bulky than a standard S6, the Active retains wireless charging capabilities. You'll be able to juice up the phone at locations such as Starbucks or McDonalds, which are rolling out wireless charging stations at select stores later this year.
To sweeten the deal even more, Samsung is tossing in a free Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 with a new two-year agreement, and is also offering 50 percent off on a Samsung Wireless Charging Pad with a new Next or two-year agreement.
The increased durability and extra battery life seem well worth the extra $10, but in case that’s not enough, the S6 Active will also be available in Camo White and Camo Blue variations, assuming the traditional Gray doesn’t cut it.
For those interested in seeing how the S6 Active performs in the wild, the device will be featured and sold at upcoming Reebok Spartan Race events starting June 13 in Breckenridge, Colorado.