Samsung’s latest ruggedised flagship phone was finally revealed last week after numerous leaks. Sure enough, it’s a lot chunkier (30g heavier and 2mm thicker) and whole lot uglier than the delicate Samsung Galaxy S7 that shares its name and innards.
The question is, has this switch to a utilitarian design been worth it? That question has been answered in a new PhoneBuff drop test video.
In a range of scientifically monitored drops incorporating a range of angles, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active came off a whole lot better than the fragile Galaxy S7. In fact, except for a few scuff marks, the Samsung Galaxy S7 came away pretty much unscathed.
Even the dreaded face drop – where the phone is dropped screen-down onto a hard surface – didn’t crack the display, which is pretty impressive. Indeed, the Galaxy S7 Active was then entered into the ‘bonus round,’ which involves repeated face drops. After 50 such droppages, there was nothing to show for the ordeal except a couple of minor scratches.
So there you have it. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: it’s pretty much indestructible.
Besides being as tough as old boots, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is notable for its stamina, thanks to a 4,000 mAh battery. The Galaxy S7 only has a 3,000 mAh cell. Otherwise, the two phones are specced the same.
There’s no news on a UK release date for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active as yet.