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.
|Processor||Octa-core Exynos 9810 Octa|
|Storage/Memory||64GB or 256GB, microSD slot up to 400GB, 4GB RAM
|Screen||5.8-inch, Super AMOLED
|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)
|Dimensions (L x W x D)||147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm|
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.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has landed in Australia and while cosmetically, it doesn't change the formula too much, under the hood it's got a lot going on and puts itself high on the list of Android devices that you should be looking at.
But is it worth your time? Let's find out.
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