Samsung Galaxy S6 Active image leaks, FCC listing spotted

The purported Samsung Galaxy S6 Active has leaked online in an intriguing image, and has also dropped by the FCC for certification.

Samsung has been offering rugged versions of its flagship smartphones for a few years now, starting with the Galaxy S4 Active. Rumors of a new-generation Samsung Galaxy S6 Active have been making rounds for quite some time, and now more information backs up such claims.

First, GSM Arena posted an intriguing image online, allegedly showing the design of the upcoming Galaxy S6 Active. Based on that image, the rugged version of Samsung's latest flagship will sport a few design changes compared to its predecessor.

The handset seems to feature rugged back and side panels as expected, as well as a heart rate monitor located at the top, next to the camera. The front of the device, meanwhile, resembles the Galaxy S5 Active, and it even includes physical buttons for recent apps, home, and back keys. The purported Galaxy S6 Active doesn't seem to have a fingerprint scanner. The AT&T branding, meanwhile, bolsters previous whispers that the Galaxy S6 Active will launch on AT&T in the U.S.

Not long after this image leaked online, an unannounced device with model number SM-G890A was spotted at the FCC, and it's believed to be the Galaxy S6 Active. The Galaxy S5 Active, for instance, came with model number SM-G870A.

The FCC listing does not reveal the phone's specifications, but previous rumors have tried to paint a picture of what to expect. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active will reportedly sport a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and pack a 14nm Exynos 7420 processor under the hood. Other rumored specs include a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front shooter, and a massive 3,500 mAh battery, significantly larger than the 2,550 mAh unit powering the flagship Galaxy S6. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is further rumored to feature microSD support for additional memory, something the flagship Galaxy S6 does not have.

No information is currently available regarding the pricing or availability of the purported Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, but the FCC listing suggests an imminent launch in the U.S. We'll keep you posted as we learn more, so stay tuned.

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