Galaxy S6 active is official at last, launching on AT&T June 12

After weeks of leaks the Galaxy S6 active for AT&T is official and will be available in stores and online this Friday June 12.

There are no real surprises in store regarding the device itself:

  • 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED Display
  • 16MP rear-facing camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor
  • 32GB ROM
  • 3GB RAM
  • 3500mAh battery with support for wireless and fast charging

Naturally, the durability of the Galaxy S6 active is the big selling point, and the phone touts IP68 dustproof and water resistance. Samsung specifically claims that it can survive in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The phone should also be shock-resistant for falls of up to 4 feet onto a flat surface.

For such a rugged device, AT&T went pretty tame with the first ad for the phone. We’re not sure this is the tone Samsung had in mind for the S6 active given that even the regular S6 was shown capturing images of jumping off waterfalls.

There Activity Zone appears to be one of the few other nods to the outdoor lifestyle suggested by the design of the S6 active. Activity Zone features weather, a barometer, S Health display, compass, flashlight and stopwatch, as well as access to your music and current activity.

While the ruggedness has top billing, the almost 1000mAh of additional battery versus the Galaxy S6 is another potential selling point for those concerned with the battery life of the now-sealed Galaxy S6.

The S6 active is available in three colors — Camo White, Camo Blue or Gray — starting this Friday June 12, and it will be $0 down on AT&T Next for $23.17 a month with 30 payments on Next 24, $28.96 a month at 24 payments on Next 18 or $34.75 a month at 20 payments on Next 12.

Is the water resistance and added battery life enough to win anyone over from the traditional S6 or S6 edge?

Show Press Release

DALLAS, June 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — For the third summer in a row, AT&T is bringing its customers the toughest and most advanced member of the Galaxy S family. The Samsung Galaxy S6 active – available only at AT&T – is designed with your active lifestyle in mind. It gives you the durability you want while boasting a sleek, lightweight design and all of the innovation the Galaxy S6 has to offer. Beginning on June 12, you can purchase the Galaxy S6 active on or at AT&T stores in Camo White, Camo Blue, or Gray.

Galaxy S6 active Pricing
Well qualified customers can purchase the Samsung Galaxy S6 active for $0 down on AT&T Next for $23.17 with 30 device payments on NextSM 243, $28.96 per month at 24 payments on Next 18, or $34.75 per month at 20 payments on Next 12.

Galaxy S6 active Promotions
For a limited time, customers can also enjoy a pair of deals when they purchase the Galaxy S6 active:

Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for free with a two year agreement.4
The Samsung Wireless Charging Pad is available for 50 percent off with the purchase of the smartphone with Next or a two year agreement.5
Galaxy S6 active Features
Built to withstand whatever everyday life throws its way, the Samsung Galaxy S6 active has IP68 certified casing that is water resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, shock resistant, and dust proof.6 Whether you’re at the office working or outside exploring, the device’s high-power performance and innovation keep you connected, productive and entertained. Additional key features include:

Display: The Galaxy S6 active has a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED® display with 577ppi that automatically adapts to the content you’re viewing – even outdoors.
Camera: With a double-tap of the home button, the 16MP rear-facing and 5MP front-facing cameras launch faster than ever. Auto-Real time High Dynamic Range (HDR) captures clever shots in virtually any light, and the front camera’s wide-angle lens allows you to take epic selfies.
Operating System: Androidâ„¢ 5.0.2 (Lollipop).
Processor: The Samsung Galaxy S6 active comes with Octa-core 64-bit processor, Samsung’s fastest and most powerful processor in a smartphone.
Storage: 32GB of internal memory7
Voice Calling: HD Voice capable.8
Battery Life: The Samsung Galaxy S6 active features a 3500mAh and embedded wireless charging technology that works with most wireless charging pads on the market, so there’s no more looking for a cord or place to plug in.
Outdoor Features: Activity Zone is the ideal companion for outdoor adventures, and includes a quick launching compass, flashlight, stopwatch, and more.
Business Ready: Samsung KNOX provides security and protection right out of the box, along with support for MDM partners, making device management easy for IT administrators.
Supporting Quote
“As we’ve shown over the past three years as the exclusive provider of Samsung’s Galaxy S active family, we feel that our customers shouldn’t have to trade durability for best-in-class specs,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility. “The Galaxy S6 active is the best Galaxy S6 in the market. It combines all the premium features of the Galaxy S6, but also is durable enough to handle wear and tear. You can’t find this device – with its combination of performance and dependability, on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network – with any other carrier. And on top of that, our customers will be able to choose between two cool new colors – camo white and camo blue.”

“With the Galaxy S6 active, we’re delivering consumers with high durability coupled with the powerful performance of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone,” said Tim Baxter, President & COO & Mobile Division GM of Samsung Electronics America. “The result is a smartphone that brings ruggedized capabilities and water resistance coupled with the camera, battery and design features that empower our consumers and business users to do more.”

Device Eco-rating
The Samsung Galaxy S6 active has earned five out of five stars on AT&T’s Eco-Rating system. The system rates the environmental factors of AT&T branded handset devices. AT&T created the Eco-Rating system to empower consumers to make better informed decisions when selecting a device. For more information about this device’s rating, AT&T’s Eco-Rating System, and how you can join AT&T in making a difference, please visit

Spartan Races
The Samsung Galaxy S6 active will be featured and available for purchase in on-site shops at upcoming Reebok Spartan Race events. Reebok Spartan Race, the world’s leading Obstacle Race, is an event designed to push your limits, test your strength and challenge your endurance.

Join AT&T and Samsung at the races in Breckenridge, Colorado on June 13; Dallas, Texas on June 20; Midway, Utah on June 27; and Palmerton, Pennsylvania on July 11. For more information on the races, please visit

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