The Galaxy S6 was one impressive piece of smartphone, but not everyone was happy with some of the features Samsung sacrificed for a more eye candy design — chief among them being waterproofing. That’s why the new Galaxy S6 Active exists.
Jointly launched in the US by Samsung and AT&T, the S6 Active is just like the normal Galaxy flagship but designed to entice your inner Bear Grylls. It’s got the same 5.1 Quad HD Super AMOLED display, the great 16-megapixel camera, and a 3,500 mAh battery with both wireless charging standards included. But the S6 Active’s most prominent feature is its IP68 water-resistance, meaning this phone can be dunked into 1.5 metres (five feet) of water for 30 minutes and still keep ticking. That especially good considering that if the normal S6 were put through a similar dunk test, all that would remain would be your tears.
For the most part, Samsung stuck with a similar formula it used for the Galaxy S5 Active last year — camo coloring (this time with white, blue, and grey), physical navigation buttons, more Samsung apps like Activity Zone, and a big honkin’ exterior. When we tested the S5 Active, we ran into a few frustrating accidental presses while using its physical keys and the Active-specific apps (built to include functionality like calorie-counting, exercise-tracking, a basic barometer and a compass) were a little hollow. Hopefully, Samsung’s perfected the formula this time around.
The S6 Active is currently available from AT&T for around $700 (equates to £459 on conversion), but we will follow up with details about wider availability and localised pricing when it comes along.