Samsung galaxy s6 active | Review, Specifications & Unboxing

July 14, 2015

We have seen the success of Samsung galaxy S6 and S6 edge in past few months. These two handsets are one of the most successful handsets of Samsung till now. Both of these mobile phones have given rise to the market share of Samsung Company and revenue is increased by 25% just because of this series. But now in June 2015, its time to increase the market share of this company and for this they are introducing the new “GALAXY S6 ACTIVE”.



Samsung has added many good and latest features in this handset and they believe that this mobile phone will also let the Samsung company mobile market share into the sky. Last year, the Korean giant Samsung has added a customizable shortcut button for quick access to an Activity app in galaxy s6. But this year, in addition to this feature, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Active also has a massive 3,500mAh battery. This will boom your performance and now you can use the new galaxy s6 active up to many more hours. The latter is roughly 40% larger than the previous 2,550mAh unit in galaxy s6 and in galaxy s6 edge.


Samsung galaxy S6 Active Specifications


  • The new Samsung handset has a screen of 5.1 inch Super AMOLED of QHD quality having a resolution of 1440 x 2560 and class leading 255ppi and corning Gorilla Glass 4.
  • Back camera of 16 mega pixel with f/1,9 aperture, optical image stabilization, LED flash and 5 mega pixel front facing camera with auto focus, Quad HD video recording and a aperture of f/1.9 HDR.
  • Dust and water resistance technology. It can stay in water up to 1.5 meter for up to 30 minutes time. Also with the certification of humidity, dust, rain, salt, vibration, and thermal shock resistance.
  • Android Touch Wiz UI interface, with an android latest software lollipop 5.1.2 running smoothly and with lots of new features.
  • Octa-core processor Exynos 7420 64 bit chipset with four 2.1 Gega hertz Cortex-A57’s and four 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 cores, and 3GB of RAM memory.
  • Battery of 3,500 mAH with wireless charging and fast charging feature.
  • Active noise cancellation via special dedicated mic
  • New and latest Customizable button for shortcuts.
  • LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, IR port, Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+
  • Memory of 32GB built-in and UFS 2.0 storage.

As we have seen in above specifications of new Samsung galaxy s6 active, it has the same technological powerhouse as it was in the previous handsets, but the new thing is that it had added water, shock and dust resistance. And also having the new battery power of 3,500 mAH which is a he change from its previous handsets.

The current PRICE of this new galaxy s6 active is $699 USD which is quite huge but if you are a Samsung lover and you will get your favorite device at any cost.

There are also some NEGATIVE POINTS about this handsets which I will mention below:

  • No external Micro SD card slot for more storage.
  • Non removable battery.
  • This set has no stereo speakers.
  • No finger print scanner/security.
  • Only 32GB onboard memory.
  • Not exactly a looker.


The Limited availability and memory build in and even also in external are the handset’s biggest  disadvantages or drawbacks for now, though Samsung might remedy both should it decide to launch an global variant of the device. Another drawback is the lack of fingerprint sensor, though the target audience for the Samsung  will likely appreciate the sturdier navigation buttons better.


Like the previous models of Samsung galaxy, this new Smartphone also come with a quite descent packing from the Samsung company. Inside the box of this mobile phone you will get


  • Handset (Samsung Galaxy s6 active).
  • A Samsung Charger with company logo.
  • A Micro USB cable for data connection.
  • A quick Start guide in 3 languages.
  • Samsung Basic headphone with speaker and volume buttons on it.



Above the display of this handset we will find the earpiece, a sensors and the 5 mega pixel selfie camera. A trio of keys for steer your way through the new Samsung’s Touch Wiz UX. The new volume locker key and the custom shortcut key are located on the left side of the handset. The power key and the SIM card slot is on the right side of galaxy s6 active.


The top of the Galaxy S6 Active has the 3.5mm audio jack, a secondary microphone and the IR port that lets the Smartphone to control various home appliances and many other things through their cell phone. On the bottom, you will see the microUSB port. This time around, the microUSB port doesn’t need a flap cover like in past Galaxy Active iterations.


The back of the galaxy s6 active is 16MP camera lens with LED flash, the heart-rate monitor, and a single loudspeaker of Samsung and off course there is a Samsung logo is there. This handset did not have a removable back and the battery is also fixed.


Galaxy S6 Active has the same 5.1″ QHD Super AMOLED display as the previous Galaxy S6 was. With 577ppi, the screen is among very sharp and showing some good bright colors. Samsung has again went for the diamond-shaped matrix, although given the sheer number of pixels the sub-pixel arrangement will hardly affect the perceivable sharpness of the screen.

Here’s below a picture is given that shows how the layout looks under a microscope. The diamond-shaped PenTile uses OLED sub-pixels of different shapes and sizes as each color has different levels of power efficiency and longevity.


The Super AMOLED screen panel on the Galaxy S6 isn’t that much particularly bright, especially compared to some LCDs, but it can go higher than the Galaxy Note 4. The Auto Brightness mode can push the brightness higher than manually adjusting the brightness slider which is also a new part in this handset.


this handset has a non-removable battery of 3,500mAh. The battery life unit is almost 40% larger than the 2,550mAh solution found in the regular Samsung Galaxy S6, so this is a huge improvement from the Samsung to its users.

This greater battery life also allows its users to use their loving mobile phone more and hence spend their time with this mobile phone. This is huge battery it also gives you lots of time for playing you favorite game on Samsung galaxy s6 edge. This 3,500 mAH battery will give you 26 hours of 4G talk time, 18 hours of video playback and 17 hours of web browsing which is huge capacity and it also has the features of fast and wireless charging.


The new Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is arm to the height in connectivity terms. The mandatory 2G/3G/4G LTE is present with Cat. 6 downlinks thanks to Samsung’s latest Exynos 7420 processor chipset. This thing gives you the download a speed of up to 300Mbps, with 50Mbps worth of uploads.

Speaking of, the Galaxy S6 Active makes it easy to share the Wi-Fi hotspot info with nearby devices using the Quick Connect feature. This saves you the trouble of typing in the Wi-Fi password.

Bluetooth has been updated up to version 4.1. There aren’t any easily noticeable changes since 4.0. NFC is on board for quick pairing and sharing and there’s an IR scanner for remote services, now you can control your home appliances from your handset. This mobile phone has a new microUSB 2.0 port. It’s slower at transferring data than the USB 3.0 port used in a few Samsung devices, but it has a standard size plug and it offers Quick Charge 2.0 and MHL 3.0.


Like we have seen in the precious Samsung Galaxy S6, the Active handset packs the highly capable Exynos 7420 chipset. It’s the first handset SoC to be built on a 14nm fabrication process, which should reduce the power usage and battery life. This thing also reduces the heat of the cell and mobile phone is heat capacity of the s6 active.

The Exynos 7420 and the Snapdragon 810 are not different in terms of processor, both use a big.LITTLE setup with four Cortex-A57 cores at 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz. The GPU is a Mali-T760 from ARM and it shares 3GB of RAM with the processor.

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The new Samsung galaxy s6 active has high specs and good features. The most attractive thing in this handset is the 3,500 mAH battery capacity which gives the longest standby time, that are not introduce before this handset  the camera quality is just as same as we have seen in the previous handsets 16 megapixel back and a 5 mega pixel front facing camera.

The processor used in this handset is very high quality the Exynos 7420 processor has been used. The two major drawbacks that  Galaxy S6 Active has one is the  lack of built-in memory options and the limited availability of the device. We don’t believe that a device with a 4K camera this good should come with roughly 23GB of available storage out of the box. May be in the future Samsung will introduce the 64GB version of this handset.

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