Samsung Galaxy S8 Active heading to T-Mobile, dropping AT&T exclusivity

The annual ruggedized variants of Samsung’s Galaxy series started in 2013 with the Galaxy S4 Active. With the exception of a Sprint model in 2014, the S5 Sport, they’ve all been exclusive to AT&T. That trend is finally coming to an end with T-Mobile preparing to carry the Galaxy S8 Active in both Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold (same as AT&T).

T-Mobile’s version will have model number SM-G892T, which differs from AT&T’s model number SM-G892A. The difference between the two is a “T” for T-Mobile and an “A” for AT&T at the end, which is important in regard to a wider release. A third model number, SM-G892U, has been spotted in multiple certification databases and the “U” stands for a universal model. That could mean a wider release of the S8 Active is imminent (with an unlocked model potentially in the cards).

As a reminder, the S8 Active has the same general specs as the standard Galaxy S8, but with a tougher exterior and larger 4,000mAh battery. Both versions have a 5.8-inch, 1,440 x 2,560 Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM, expandable storage and the same front and back cameras. Both are IP68 rated for water and dust resistance. It currently retails for $849.99 or $28.34/mo on AT&T. An exact price and release date for T-Mobile hasn’t been announced.

Source: VentureBeat

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  • GinaDee

    Can anyone confirm is this version of the S8 will include Band 71 for T-Mobile? T-Mobile claimed Samsung would have Band 71 capable devices for them later this year.