Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

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Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active's screen is 5.1 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 Octa core 2.15 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, 1920 minutes (2G), 1920 minutes (3G).

AT&T customers looking for a durable and high-end smartphone can't go wrong with the Galaxy S7 Active.

- Dan Graziano , Cnet 

The Galaxy S7 Active is the best phone on AT&T, and the rugged phone we dreamed Samsung would make.

- Malarie Gokey , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

Based on 15 reviews

For the past few generations, the Active line of Samsung’s popular Galaxy S series has offered an interesting compromise of features for durability. For those looking for a rugged phone ready to life on the go, the new Galaxy S7 Active is here! But can it keep up with the current flagships or does surviving some falls mean giving up the S7 experience?

Turns out, that on the inside the S7 is largely the same! This is good news for anyone disappointed in the compromises of the previous Active releases.

However, there are a few key differences, so we hit the review sites to bring you an idea of what to expect from this rugged little powerhouse.

First thing you’re likely to notice is the design of the phone. This isn’t the super-slim, glass and metal job you’re used to seeing from Samsung. The phone has a permanent rubberized protective shell. While it adds a bit of size and heft to the handset, reviews are generally positive. Phone Arena notes, “The phone's bulky plastic exterior has the appearance of a rubberized bumper, though to the touch the material is much firmer; it feels like a smartphone bonded to a relatively high-end case.”

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There is also a treatment on the front screen to help resist damage during falls. Combined with the protective shell, Samsung claims the phone can survive repeated falls from up to 5 feet. Tom’s Guide was one of the only reviewers to put this to the test, noting, “I tossed the device down a 12-step staircase multiple times, and the only real damage I noticed were a few scratches on the back.”

With IP68 water resistance, the phone is also good for full submersion in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Every reviewer with a fish tank or sink in the office had no problems taking their review model for a swim.

The last design difference is the button arrangement. In addition to the typical Galaxy S7 home button, the two Android buttons are hard buttons instead of capacitive. Reviewers noted no trouble in using them, though some wished they were back lit. There’s also the Active button on the side of the handset. You can program it to launch different apps depending on whether you short press, long press or double tap. This was a hit with all reviewers for its reliability and function.

Where many previous Active models resulted in downgrading certain parts of the hardware, this generation of Active nets you an upgrade in the battery department. Cramming in a 4000mAh cell, most reviews found the S7 Active near the top of their benchmarks with all noting that all-day use should be no issue. You’ll also find wireless charging and QuickCharge support for topping off if needed.

The only concern mentioned came from ZDNet, saying, “One thing to note is that the current Samsung Gear VR will not work with the S7 Active.”

As the rest of the specifications are identical, you can find information on performance, screen quality and camera in our summary on the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)


I can’t kill this indestructible smartphone

from BGR
The S7 Active feels like Samsung has finally delivered on the concept it laid out with the first Galaxy Active phone years back: a no-compromises high-end Android phone that doesn’t look out of place on your office desk. Provided you don’t go with the camo color, of course... Full review
Tom's Guide

Durable greatness

from Tom's Guide
Get the S7 Active if you're looking for a nearly indestructible phone that doesn't look like it came from a construction site. The less expensive Cat S60 survived durability tests with greater consistency, while the similarly priced Galaxy S7 Edge is the better choice if you place a premium on looks... Full review

A stronger and longer-lasting Galaxy

from Cnet
The Galaxy S7 Active has everything we love about the original model, but with a tougher build and a battery that lasts for days... Full review
Talk Android

High-end but with built-in protection

from Talk Android
The Galaxy S7 Active is a smartphone I’d recommend to any “active” person. The plastic shell is obviously the way to go for those in harsher environments, as any old regular Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge cannot hold up to those scenarios. The software is definitely disappointing, as it has the potential to be a whole lot more useful than it actually is, but then again, is the handset really aimed for a crowd who is worried about the type of software is on their handset? That’s a tough call, but I’d wager to say probably not... Full review

Closest thing you can get to a truly rugged phone with high-end flagship specs

from Phandroid
The Galaxy S7 Active is a phone that tries to live in two worlds. Typical “rugged” phones are underpowered and offer poor user experiences. The Active tries to bridge the gap between rugged phones and flagship phones. It does a decent job of that. You’re not going to find another rugged phone with the same high-end specs... Full review

The rugged flagship phone for clumsy fingers

from GreenBot
The Galaxy S7 Active is for those who are looking for a strong smartphone with stellar performance... Full review
Android Police

A phone that's tough to kill and tough to recommend

from Android Police
The fact that this phone is exclusive to AT&T at the moment is quite cumbersome. I had hoped that the age of carrier exclusives was coming to an end, but with this phone and the latest Motorola designs both being exclusive to US carriers (at least at the moment), it seems consumers aren't quite done suffering... Full review

Tough, rugged construction with top-shelf processor

from PhoneArena
Samsung's Galaxy S Active phones have long held their own against the mainstream Galaxy S handsets, and that's more true this year than ever before. With performance that's right on par with the Galaxy S7, the same killer features like that incredible camera, and not having to sacrifice things like its fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S7 active delivers without giving too much away in the process... Full review
Phone Scoop

Tough enough to take a tumble without the brick-like bulk of some fully rugged handsets

from Phone Scoop
I like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active a lot — at least as far as the hardware is concerned. If you need something sturdier than your average glass phone, but still want the raw performance of today's best flagship, the S7 Active has everything you need... Full review
Android Authority

Rugged, durable and made to last

from Android Authority
The Galaxy S7 is one of the best smartphones on the market and even though the Active drops the premium looks, the rugged build and extra battery more than compensate... Full review


False advertisement

Waterproof? Lol. A week old thought I would try out the "Aqua" camera mode for underwater picture taking. Screen went black and haven't worked since. Now I'm told by Samsung that not only am I not getting a new one, I might have to pay the repairs on this phone... What a joke. I'll be going back to... More
Waterproof? Lol. A week old thought I would try out the "Aqua" camera mode for underwater picture taking. Screen went black and haven't worked since. Now I'm told by Samsung that not only am I not getting a new one, I might have to pay the repairs on this phone... What a joke. I'll be going back to iPhones if they can't at least fix it for free for their faulty feature! It gets a 2 because I like the camera. Less

I've had phone less then a week. Went to cookout which phone was laying on table. It started raining and phone was left out in rain for maybe 3 to 5 minutes. I was in no hurry to get phone because I thought it was water resistant they call it. Now brand new phone and volume buttons don't work. This phone is no more water resistant then a roll of toilet paper. Bad move for Samsung to advertise it as water resistant when you can't even leave it in rain

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Full Specs

Release date June 10, 2016
Regions available USA
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 Octa core 2.15 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.92 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1920 minutes (2G)
1920 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Camo Green, Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.9 x 7.5 x 1.0 cm
(5.9 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 185 grams
(6.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design Yes
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density 576 pixels
Size 5.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 12+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Frames, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Exposure compensation, HDR
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-G891A

Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
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