Samsung Galaxy S8 Active officially unveiled!

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To the surprise of exactly no one, the Galaxy S8 Active has been officially unveiled for the public. The Active is now available for pre-order from AT&T. It is listed as an AT&T exclusive for now, however the device tends to only be available for AT&T normally. This is the 4th rendition of the ruggedized device meant for those who may need a little bit of extra protection to go along with flagship specs. The S8 Active, as usual, will come with pretty similar specs to the regular Galaxy S8, with the addition of MIL-SPEC rating to protect it from water, shatter, shocks, and dust.

The S8 Active comes in two color options, Meteor Gray, and Titanium Gold. The device is surrounded by a metal frame with bumpers, and a rugged, textured back to give the phone a solid grip. The S8 Active will also have a shatterproof display, which will handle drops from up to 5 feet.

The S8 Active also has bixby capability, along with a compass, stopwatch, barometer, and flashlight to help you navigate the outdoor lives of those who will likely use the device. The S8 Active will also have a 4000 mAh battery. The S8 Active will also have a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front facing camera. The screen size is comparable to the S8, with a 5.8″ 18.5:9 aspect ratio, however the infinity edge will not come along for the S8 Active ride. Considering how the device is meant for active lives, its not all that surprising.

The S8 Active will be on sale through AT&T Next at $28.34 for 30 months, which adds up to roughly $850 dollars.

Its always nice to see Samsung continue the trend for the Active lifestyle folks with their Active series devices. Check out more information about the S8 Active at Gadgets 360

Looking to purchase the Galaxy S8 Active?  Head over to ATT to pre-order the device.



Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaks;

The latest rendition of the ruggedized outdoors version of the Galaxy S series of phones has leaked for the masses. Ever since the Galaxy S4 Active 4 years ago, the Active series of devices have been made available for those who want the latest smartphone specs, yet need a little more
protection for their phones to last the two years of typical usage that happens.

Each phone has the same general idea, military grade specs, a rugged body, and a larger battery to last against the elements. The S8 doesn’t stray too far from the pack here, with a 4000 mAh battery, rugged body, and a general “Active” look.

According to leaks presented to Android Police, the S8 Active will come with Android 7.0 Nougat (Samsung is notorious for letting Android OS versions be an after thought). The roughly 5.8” size that came along with the regular Galaxy S8, and other specs that are similar to the regular Galaxy S8.

The ATT Samsung Galaxy S8 will have the model number SM-G892A. The S8 Active will likely March the specs of the regular S8, with 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835, 64 GB of storage with MicroSDHC expansion, a 12MP rear cam, and an 8GB front facing cam along for the ride.

The Active is a pretty typical, pretty expected device. Anyone looking to get the Active? Or are you just going to rock with a rugged case and call it a day?

The leaker at least tried with the watermarking. Got to give him props to draw on the picture like that.

Keep it locked at The Tech Homie for more information.

Source; Android Police

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs leaked! UPDATE:  a new render appears!

Update: a new render found by popular tech review site Trusted Reviews has appeared!


The render found by Trusted Reviews was posted on twitter by Jonathan Endicott, CEO of Slickwraps, a company that specializes in making phone skins for many popular phones today.  The image is a CAD render, used to design smartphone accessories in time for the phone launch. The caption below the picture states,   “Working Hard on the Note 8”.  

The render does match up to the specifications that have been leaked about the Note 8 pretty much to a T.  While it does resemble leaks around the internet, and another design render as mentioned in the article,  it still may be too early to say whether the renders are real or not.  Who knows? 

This blog talks about current Galaxy Note 8 leaks made public ahead of the August launch.

We have now reached the time where the rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note flagship come full force.  After the Galaxy S8 the Note 8 will be the most important Samsung device to launch in 2017.  The Galaxy Note 8 will be an incredibly important release due to the complete and utter failure that was the Galaxy Note 7.

For those who happened to be living under a rock in 2016, the Note 7 had multiple issues with batteries exploding, and causing fires for the short amount of time the Note 7 was available.    The Galaxy S8 launched with huge success, and still sells in the millions to this date.  With August just a month away, it only makes sense that we are hearing more about the Note 8.

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Renders of the Note 8 have been revealed last week, and now we have specs leaked along with those renders.   According to sources found by BGR, the Note 8 will have a  2K resolution 6.3″ Super AMOLED Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, either Samsung EXYNOS 8895 or Snapdragon 835 Processors (depending on where you live) , 6GB of RAM,  a dual 12MP Camera with Optical Image Stabilization, and a 3300 mAh battery.  DeX support, an enhanced S Pen Stylus.

The specs make sense being compared to the S8+ 6.2″ Display.  The Galaxy Note Series always ends up as the largest of the Galaxy series of devices.  The specifications fall in line with other Note series of phones.  The Note 7 also had 6GB of RAM, and the 3300 mAh battery also makes sense considering Samsung’s renewed focus on battery safety.

First, as the picture above the article reveals,  Samsung has decided to leave the fingerprint scanner in the ridiculous position that the Galaxy S8 had the fingerprint scanner.  Doing this on a rather large phone like the S8 was bad enough.  Putting the fingerprint scanner on an even larger phone like the Note 8 is even more of a disaster. These Olixar case photos make me so sad for the Note 8.

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Now questionable fingerprint scanner placement aside, the Note 8 should be a very interesting device when it launches in August.  Rumors currently have the launch of the Note 8 in late August, while placing it just before the iPhone 8 (or X, or Anniversary Edition)  it will hopefully give the phone enough time to get any battery kinks out of the way before the phone hits prime time.

top photo credit: BGR

bottom photo credit:  Forbes

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Why on earth would you spend $50 on a Screen Protector?

No really, why would you spend 50 of your hard earned dollars on something that is made to potentially break, and fray, and generally just fail at any given moment in time?  Sure screen protectors are made to protect your screen, but curved screens tend to leave protectors generally failboat likely faster than you can throw your relatively expensive phone at.

We all know very well that screen protectors are there to protect the screens of our expensive devices,  and the multitude of options for screen protectors has confused us for decades.   Invisishield Screen Protectors have always been at premium pricing levels, and curved screens have always been elusive to screen protector manufacturers, but ZAGG has gone to an extreme with the pricing of their S8 screen protectors.  Best Buy sells them, which means you know very well that salespeople will be recommending these overpriced screen protectors when you pick up your brand new S8.

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Why would you do this?!

A quick look on Amazon gives you multiple options for curved screen protectors for less than half the price of the ZAGG version.  Surely with the same quality of screen protection as ZAGG protectors give,  with the same issues that the ZAGG protector has with the curved screen dilemna.  With many flagship phones that exist today, screen protectors will automatically have a slight curve to them for a natural, more ergonomic feel,  but attempting to curve the screen to a greater level as the S8 screen protector does will surely run you into some air pocket issues messing up your screen presses, and possibly a screen protector that surely will not last.

The screen protector currently has currently succumbed to some fairly dismal reviews on Best Buy’s website.  The dismal rating on Best buy should hopefully warn you that spending 50 dollars on a screen protector, let alone a poorly reviewed screen protector should be avoided at any cost.

Don’t waste your money.  You could buy your friend a Gear VR instead.  You could even buy someone a fancy present!