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Samsung just announced a rugged version of the Galaxy S8 that won't shatter

Key Points
  • Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 Active on Monday
  • The phone will be available on AT&T in the U.S.
  • The Galaxy S8 Active has a more rugged design than the Galaxy S8, preventing it against damage from drops.

Samsung announced a more rugged version of the Galaxy S8 on Monday.

The new device is called the Galaxy S8 Active and will be sold on AT&T in the United States beginning Friday.

Samsung typically launches a tougher version of its Galaxy S smartphones a few months after the original launches. As with previous models, the Galaxy S8 Active offers military-grade dust and water resistance and what Samsung promises is a "shatter resistant" screen.

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

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are already water resistant and, while prone to cracking, will still survive a dunk in the pool just fine.

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