Samsung likely to unveil S6 Active targeting outdoor enthusiasts

15 May

Samsung has been rolling out “Active” versions of its smartphones which feature shock, water, and dust resistance. Last year, it unveiled the Galaxy S5 Active, even though the flagship S5 already came with an IP67-waterproof rating. With the brand’s S6 and S6 Edge receiving positive market responses, Samsung is believed to be readying the “Active” versions of the two handsets as well.

According to Phone Arena, the S6 Active was recently listed on Samsung’s website, which means the announcement may take place in the near future.

Specs-wise, S6 Active is expected to be very similar to S6. The new version will pack the same Exynos 7420 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and a 5.1-inch 2K screen. The front and rear cameras are expected to feature 16MP resolution and 5MP resolution, respectively.

Personal experiences from consumers have shown that Samsung’s S6 is pretty outstanding in almost all aspects except for the battery. The 2600 mAh battery seems relatively small when compared to its rivals and the run time is not particularly impressive either. The battery in S6 Active, however, is enhanced to 3600 mAh, which should definitely allow for a longer run time.

Based on recent images leaked by @evleaks on Twitter, the S6 Active will pack three hardware buttons, and is unlikely to come with the fingerprint recognition feature. The heart rate monitor function is expected to be kept in the Active version, however. Unlike Sony’s water-proof Xperia Z flagship phone, the S6 Active seems heavier and has a slightly buffer appearance.

It remains unclear if Samsung will introduce the new version of the S6 in China, as the Chinese market had previously been excluded from the S4 Active and S5 Active launches.

Image of Samsung S6, courtesy of HelloR
Photo courtesy of Phone Arena