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Samsung introduces more durable version of Galaxy S8 with larger battery

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Besides, the non-"edgy" durable construction might be considered an asset by some, including a metal frame and "improved, rugged structure" for top-notch resistance against everything from water to dust, shocks, abrasions, tilts, twists and good old fashioned drops.

Finally, after months of rumors running wild, the Galaxy S8 Active is official.

The rugged version of Samsung's 2017 flagship will be available in Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold color options. However, the Galaxy S8 Active will include an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and on-screen home button.

Know this, though: Previous models of Galaxy Active devices have sometimes been less water resistant in real world tests, despite Samsung's claims.

The S8 Active will be up for sale at AT&T via its Next plans, which start at $28 per month for 30 months. If you'll buy a Galaxy S8 Active on AT&T Next and add DirectTV, you'll be able to get a second S8 for free, or $500 towards a new Samsung TV purchased online.

The phone's exclusivity to AT&T also means it will come pre-downloaded with the DIRECTTV NOW app and a deal to watch unlimited content for $25 more a month, after a $25 credit. Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold are the color options available for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active in the U.S., exclusively available at AT&T NEXT for $28.34/month for 30 months. The fingerprint scanner is still located at the rear, and the phone also comes with Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant.

News that LG Electronics will also release its V30 on September 15 has been reported by some foreign press, leading some to wonder if the Galaxy Note 8 and V30 will be released on the same day.

Keeping aside the display and the look of the handset, what makes the phone out-of-the-box is its massive battery setup, which the company claims to deliver a long lasting battery backup.