Samsung Electronics Co. is introducing a new model for its Galaxy S8 smartphone line featuring a metal frame, larger battery and shatter-resistant screen.
The Galaxy S8 Active, which the South Korean company says has passed military specification testing, is geared toward users in environments such as extreme outdoor sporting events and construction sites, where a standard device may succumb to wear and tear. The model doesn’t have the thin glass back of the standard version and instead is made from a more rugged material.
The S8 Active comes just weeks ahead of Samsung’s planned debut of its next flagship device. The Suwon-based technology giant has scheduled a media event in New York on August 23 to unveil a new smartphone, which is expected to be called the Galaxy Note 8. It would mark the first redesign to the Note line since the Note 7 battery debacle last year.
The S8 Active will initially be exclusive to the US market and carrier AT&T Inc., Samsung said.