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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is an Android smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics. In the United States it was only available on the AT&T network. As a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the S6 Active contains similar specifications, but it also features waterproofing, shockproofing and dustproofing designed around the IP68 specifications, along with a more rugged design; it was released on 12 June 2015.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
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Galaxy S6 Active in gray
CodenameProject Zero[1]
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
SloganNext is Now[2]
SeriesGalaxy S series
First released12 June 2015; 4 years ago (2015-06-12)
PredecessorSamsung Galaxy S5 Active
SuccessorSamsung Galaxy S7 Active
RelatedSamsung Galaxy Xcover 3
Samsung Galaxy Active Neo
Form factorSlate
  • 146.8 mm (5.78 in) H
  • 73.4 mm (2.89 in) W
  • 8.6 mm (0.34 in) D
Mass138 g (4.9 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: Android 5.0 "Lollipop"
Current: Android 7.0 "Nougat"
System on chipSamsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
CPUOcta-core 64-bit 14 nm
Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
• Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A-53
GPUMali-T760 MP8
Memory3 GB LPDDR4
Storage32 or 64 GB UFS 2.0
Battery3,500 mAh
Display5.1 in (130 mm) 2560x1440 pixel (577 Pixels per inch) Quad HD Super AMOLED
Gorilla Glass 4
Rear camera16 megapixel Sony Exmor RS IMX 240,[3] f/1.9, 2160p@30 frames per second (fps), 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, Auto HDR, optical image stabilization, tracking autofocus, manual focus, LED flash
Front camera5 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR



The S6 Active was first released in the United States by AT&T on 12 June 2015 in the gray, camo-blue, and camo-white colors; its model number is SM–G890A.[4]


The S6 Active inherits most of its hardware components from the Galaxy S6, including an identical octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 5.1-inch display. It uses the same display type as the S6, and has a 16 megapixel camera. Its hardware design is similar to the S6, except it is slightly thicker, has metallic rivets, and uses three physical navigation keys instead of a physical home key and capacitive back/menu keys like the S6. The S6 Active launched with similar software to the S6, Android 5.0.2 with TouchWiz. At 3,500 mAh, its battery has a greater capacity than the S6, and retains wireless-charging support. It has an additional app when compared to the S6, Activity Zone, which provides quick access to a compass, flashlight, stopwatch and weather.


In The Verge's review of the S6 Active, it listed six reasons to get the phone rather than the regular S6:[5]

  • It is water resistant and shock proof.
  • The battery has 37% more capacity than the S6.
  • The Active has a button on the left side above the volume rocker that can be configured to launch any app.
  • The phone runs cool and sometimes the S6 runs hot.
  • It is only $10 more than the normal version.
  • It has the same performance and camera as the S6.

As well as listing five reasons to get the S6 rather than the S6 Active:

  • The Active has a plastic case rather than a metal one.
  • The Active does not have a fingerprint scanner.
  • The Active comes in 32 GB and 64 GB models.
  • The Active is only available through AT&T. (This was only true for the US)
  • Firmware and security updates for the S6 Active will be issued less frequently than for the S6.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on: Meet the smartphone to beat in 2015". BGR. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  2. ^ Ghosh, Shona. "Samsung 'eclipses' rivals with Galaxy S6 campaign". Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S6 uses a Sony IMX240 camera sensor".
  4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is real, and AT&T calls dibs. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  5. ^ Dan Seifert (14 June 2015). "Six reasons to get the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active". The Verge. Retrieved 16 June 2015.

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