Samsung’s new in-testing Galaxy Active may be known as the Samsung Poseidon


No smartphone comes together without the manufacturer having to make a few compromises, but this year with the Galaxy S7, Samsung sure manged to deliver a flagship that many users are finding to hit all the right notes. Those include include the return of a water-resistant build, helping the GS7 withstand the wrath of the elements. But what does an already-dunk-surviving Galaxy S7 mean for the chances of us seeing Samsung deliver an extra-ruggedized new Galaxy Active model, one not only up to the task of shaking off a few splashes, but also ready to be bumped around a little in the process? We’ve been wondering about that lately upon the discovery of evidence pointing to recent testing of just such a phone, and now a new rumor attempts to give us some insider news about how the phone’s being developed.

As you may recall, an Indian import database showed Samsung preparing to test a phone with the model number SM-G891A. Considering that last year’s Galaxy S6 Active for AT&T was model SM-G890A, it doesn’t take a huge leap of faith to imagine we’re looking at a new Galaxy Active model.

Today we add to that story with the note that model SM-G891A is supposedly being referred to as the Samsung Poseidon.

Is that supposed to be an internal codename, or possibly how the phone might actually launch? Normally we’d jump right to the former, but our source doesn’t directly refer to Poseidon as a codename, and we’ve already been questioning exactly how this phone will arrive: while the timing would certainly suggest Samsung’s working on a Galaxy S7 Active, the model number’s similarity to last year’s might imply the phone could be branded as a new GS6 Active.

Throwing this “Poseidon” name into the mix now only has us asking if Samsung could be planning something all new for the phone, maybe coming up with re-imagined branding for handsets that are perfectly at home submerged in the murky depths.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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