Don’t believe the songs and motivational quotes. In real life, especially in the competitive mobile tech scene, you can’t have the best of both worlds in one package. Granted, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is stylish, lightweight and water-resistant, but it easily shatters when dropped on a hard surface.
Meanwhile, we’ve always expected an eventual Galaxy S7 Active on AT&T (and perhaps an S7 Sport on Sprint) to improve the flagship’s durability by adding serious bulk in the equation and looking reprehensible through the eyes of a fashionista.
Still, that’s apparently not stopping Samsung from trying to squeeze the prettiest possible design out of the traditionally unappealing rugged class, by hurling a surprising splash of color on the rumored 5.5-incher.
At least one variant of it, because we’ve already seen it pictured in a slightly darker camo green hue than the 2014 S5 Active. This second model similarly blends rubber with plastic for extra robustness compared to the glass-and-metal S7 and S7 Edge, only the “unbreakable” build materials are now coated in… gold? Gold and silver? Gold and silver and light gray?
Hard to say for certain, and Samsung isn’t a fan of chromatic clarity, so it’s entirely possible the phone will be branded as painted in “desert camo” instead. That’s the half-joking suggestion of the perennially trustworthy Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, who also confirms the SM-G891A model number and AT&T exclusivity.
This is sure an original approach to an arguably unoriginal handheld’s exterior, with the front striped pattern bound to stir controversy, and the rear cover looking unusually low-profile. Fugly? Fashionable? Tacky? Eye-catching? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so we’ll let you decide for yourselves.