Report: Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Is Getting A Massive Power Upgrade

Report: Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Is Getting A Massive Power Upgrade
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Samsung is not a company to rest on its laurels. Barely three months after the launch of the Galaxy S9, the manufacturer is reportedly working on a tougher and more powerful version for specalist users. Enter the Galaxy S9 Active SM-G893.

What is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Active?

For the past few years, Samsung has been quietly releasing upgraded models of its flagship phones under the Active moniker. These are essentially ‘ruggedised’ versions of existing handsets designed for users who lead active lifestyles (hence the name) or have highly physical jobs. The trade-off is that they tend to be bulkier, although this does allow them to withstand serious knocks and drops.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Active: Specifications

In addition to a tougher chassis, the Galaxy S9 Active (codenamed SM-G893) is tipped to come with some powerful new specs beneath the hood. While Samsung is currently keeping schtum, an alleged hardware leak on Slashleaks points towards a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and a 4000mAh battery. By contrast, the regular S9 made do with a slightly weaker Exynos 9810 processor and 3000mAh battery.

Otherwise, the S9 Active is expected to be quite similar to the S9, the specs of which can be viewed below.


OS Android 8.0
Processor Octa-core Exynos 9810 Octa
Storage/Memory 64GB or 256GB, microSD slot up to 400GB, 4GB RAM
Screen 5.8-inch, Super AMOLED
1440×2960, ~570ppi
Camera Rear: Dual: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4 µm), OIS, LED flash
Front: 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22 µm)
Battery 3000mAh
Dimensions (L x W x D) 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
Weight 163g
Price (RRP) $1199

Samsung Galaxy S9 Active: Price & Availability

The Active range carry a $150-$200 premium due to the tougher casing. If this model comes with the aforementioned battery and CPU upgrade, that’s a pretty sweet deal.

As for availability, Active models usually appear three or four months after their vanilla equivalents. If Samsung follows its established release schedule, we can expect to see the S9 Active hit stores within the next few weeks.

Samsung doesn’t usually sell Active handsets directly in Australia, but you should be able to snap one up from a third-party supplier. With any luck, you’ll be able to buy one on Amazon just before the Australian block comes into effect. We’ll be back with concrete details as soon as we have them.

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  • I always found it strange that didn’t release the Active models here. Would have thought the ruggedness would go down well in the Aussie market. I’d certainly have had two or three of them by now.

    • I think they did. I’m sure I’ve seen at least one Active (maybe s7 range?) and I haven’t even been actively trying to find them. (excuse the pun).

      I hope the active handset does away with the edge type screen (like the s8 Active did). If you’re trying to make a robust phone moving the glass away from the edges is a good start.

      • I reckon the last one I looked at was the S7 Active. And it was US-only, and locked to AT&T-only too. I may have missed a more general release of them. Either way, ruggedness is one of the few remaining areas manufacturers can differentiate themselves so I hope there’s some more coming. There’s certainly some increasingly-highly specced rugged chinadroids around now.

        • To be fair it could have been on ebay or kogan or some grey import site that I saw it. I just know I saw them advertised on an Aussie site at one point. I remember because I sent a link to my Dad (he’s regularly hiking around in the jungle and operating heavy machinery and generally making life difficult for electronic devices).

          I suspect the ruggedized market is too small to get much in the way of variety. But I know CAT (the heavy machinery company) sells a couple 🙂

          I’d actually prefer something about half-way between truly rugged and the fragile flagships we get now. The Active is pretty close to that ideal.

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