Samsung Galaxy S6 Active launches for AT&T with a big 3500mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active has been the subject of rumors for months now, with things really picking up over the last few weeks. Following a series of unofficial leaks and even Samsung letting slip a few details itself, we rounded out last week looking at what sure felt like it might be a teaser of the phone’s pending launch on AT&T – expected to be the exclusive carrier home for the GS6 Active. It seems that interpretation was right on the money, as today Samsung and AT&T formally announce the ruggedized Galaxy S6 Active.

Having seen this phone so much already, we knew quite a bit of what to expect. Like the GS6 itself, the Active edition gets a 5.1-inch quad HD OLED screen, an octa-core Exynos SoC, and a 16MP/5MP camera setup. Storage will be a single 32GB option, and the handset arrives running Android 5.0.2.

Obviously, the Galaxy S6 Active differs from the original GS6 by way of its resistance to the elements, picking up IP68 dust and water protection ratings. Other rumored details we were less sure about, but the two most interesting were talk of a possible larger, removable battery, and the return of microSD expansion.

There’s no mention here of anything about removable batteries of microSD, but we still get some good news. The Samsung GS6 Active support docs that were uncovered last week mentioned just a 2550mAh battery, instead of the larger cell we were hoping for. Today we can confirm that the phone will indeed get a plus-sized battery, arriving with a 3500mAh component. And just like the original GS6, there’s support for wireless charging.

While we only saw two color options leak in advance, the GS6 Active will launch in three shades: camo white, camo blue, and gray. Sales start on June 12, in both retail AT&T stores and online. The carrier offers various installment plans for payment, but no matter which you’ll choose, you’ll pay about $695 for the phone.

Source: AT&T

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