Rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active receives a green light from the FCC

The rugged version of Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, has been certified by the FCC. The AT&T exclusive landed on Geekbench recently, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. That means that the unit will feature an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside, and Android 7.1 is pre-installed. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active featured a 4000mAh battery, topping the 3000mAh cell inside the Samsung Galaxy S7. We should see something similar this year with the battery in the Galaxy S8 Active offering longer battery life …


Deal: Rugged Casio WSD-F10 smartwatch is 22% off on Amazon

Casio launched its latest rugged smartwatch, the WSD-F20 about two months ago. Also known as Pro Trek, it’s the first Casio smartwatch to ship with Android Wear 2.0 on board.

The smartwatch costs around $500 and can be had from just about any major retailer in the United States. However, if you can’t afford the newest Casio smartwatch, you might want to settle for the previous Casio WSD-F10 smartwatch, which is now on sale on Amazon.

Customers can purchase the WSD-F10 for just $309.85, a 22% discount. The offer is available for a limited time, and it only …

Rugged Galaxy S8 Active inadvertently confirmed by Samsung

Samsung has been releasing rugged, Active versions of its flagship smartphones since 2013, and we’re now confident that the company is planning to launch an Active handset this year, too. Said handset is called Galaxy S8 Active, and it’s been discovered that one of Samsung’s official websites is already mentioning it.

For now, Samsung is only revealing the phone’s name and model number (G892A), plus the fact that the device is running Android Nougat. There’s also a list of apps that will be available on the new handset – among these, there are some AT&T-specific apps, which isn’t surprising, …

Rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 might be coming soon

One of the few rugged slates released by Samsung, the Galaxy Tab Active will be getting a sequel in the not so distant future. A new report claims the South Korean company is already working on the Galaxy Tab Active 2, which might be officially revealed this fall at IFA 2017.

It’s been three years since the original Galaxy Tab Active made its debut on the market, but that doesn’t seem to bother Samsung as the company believes there’s a market for this type of tablets.

The revival of Samsung’s line-up of rugged tablets is going to happen in Europe and Latin …

T-Mobile starts selling the rugged Kyocera DuraForce PRO

T-Mobile just released the Kyocera DuraForce PRO, a smartphone that’s been available on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon since last year. The new handset is sold for $425, and comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Just like the Kyocera DuraForce PRO sold by other major US carriers, T-Mobile’s variant is dust- and water-resistant (IP68-certified), and can survive under water for up to 30 minutes at depths of up to 6.5 feet (2 meters). The smartphone also meets Military Standard 810G for protection against shock, temperature extremes, humidity, salt fog, blowing rain, …

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active shows off its rugged self

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S8. We can expect the device to be certified to meet military specifications for drops and falls; the handset’s IP68 certification rating allows the unit to be submerged in water as deep as nearly 5-feet for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed. Despite all of this protection, the phone should perform just as powerfully as the Samsung Galaxy S8 does, and once again the Active is an AT&T exclusive in the U.S.

Today, a picture of the Galaxy S8 Active surfaced. The image comes from the Wireless Power Consortium, …

Rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (SM-G892A) appears on User Agent String

Clumsy flagship phone owners will be happy to know that the rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is on the way. A User Agent String reveals the model number SM-G892A, which is believed to be the AT&T exclusive. The Galaxy S8 Active has been rumored to have received certification for MIL-STD-810G standard compliance, which means that it can survive falls and drops that would wipe out other handsets. It also carries an IP68 certification rating for prrotection from dust and water.

If past is prologue, the specs on the Galaxy S8 Active will be the same as those on the regular version of the …

OtterBox launches rugged Call of Duty iPhone cases

OtterBox, maker of rugged smartphone accessories, today announced two Call of Duty themed cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6/6s.

Part of OtterBox’s Defender Series, the new cases are obviously targeted at the millions of fans playing and enjoying Call of Duty – the first-person shooter that debuted on Windows over a decade ago, now being widely available on iOS and Android handsets (in various iterations).

Priced at $59.95 a piece, these Call of Duty iPhone cases are similar to the regular Defender Series cases when it comes to features. You’re getting a triple-layer tough case, …

Need a new rugged Bluetooth speaker? Try the LifeProof Aquaphonics

LifeProof, maker of high-quality protective cases for many mobile devices (including Samsung’s Galaxy S8), today announced its very first family of Bluetooth speakers. Called LifeProof Aquaphonics, the series includes three portable speakers of different sizes: Aquaphonics AQ9, Aquaphonics AQ10, and Aquaphonics AQ11. 

All three speakers are protected against dust, snow, and water, being able to withstand submersion in up to 3.3 feet (1 meter) of water for up to 30 minutes. The speakers are also drop-proof – up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) – and have built-in microphones for speakerphone …

The rugged Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 goes official

Samsung today unveiled another addition to its Xcover family of rugged devices, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4. Like its predecessors, the Xcover 4 is designed with durability in mind. The phone is IP68 certified, meaning it can withstand prolonged immersion in water at depths of up to 1.5 m, and is fully resistant to dust. Further, the Xcover 4 can sustain quite the beating and work in extreme temperatures, both low and high, as guaranteed by its US military rating (standard MIL-STD 810G).

As is the case with most rugged devices, the Samsung Xcover 4 does not offer …