Samsung Galaxy S8 Active passes through FCC with LTE Band 71 support

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The rumors of a Galaxy S8 Active for T-Mobile just got another bit of support.

A new version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active with the model number SM-G892U has been spotted in the FCC database. What’s notable about this device is that it includes support for LTE Band 71, which T-Mobile recently started to deploy. It’s also got support for T-Mobile’s other LTE bands, including Band 66.

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There are no mentions of T-Mobile in this FCC filing, but lately there have been some leaks suggesting that the Galaxy S8 Active is coming to T-Mo. Plus, T-Mobile has said that it will release a Samsung smartphone with LTE Band 71 support in Q4 2017. It’s looking like the GS8 Active will be that device.

The Galaxy S8 Active offers specs similar to the Galaxy S8, but with a toughened body that includes a metal frame with bumpers and a textured back for added grip. The GS8 Active’s specs include a 5.8-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display, 12-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 4,000mAh battery.

There’s no word on when the Galaxy S8 Active might launch on T-Mobile, but if this is Samsung’s Band 71 phone for T-Mobile, we should see if in the next couple of months.

Via: PhoneScoop
Source: FCC

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  • det_b

    Too late.

    • chunk

      Lmao. Ok.

    • Peter Smith

      Yep way too late.

    • yankeesusa

      Too late for what? only a few states have the new band active. It wouldn’t do much good. It’s like having electric car without any plugs available. Makes no sense.

      • det_b

        Too late to bother even considering this phone. The new cycle starts in 3 months. Band 71 isn’t enough to sell this device outside of the tiny markets that actually support it. If you don’t live there (which nearly no one does), this is nothing more than a flat S8 with a bigger battery.

        Had it been released in June, I would have bought them for all of our employees. It’s just too late.

        • yankeesusa

          Got it. For you it’s too late. For those that live in these markets it is a welcomed addition. For those that aren’t in those markets it’s still a good option because the battery life alone makes this worthwile. Battery life on s8 has been great for many and consumer reports has given it praise for that also. Along with this being a rugged version and the flat screen being a bonus for many because curved screen is too fragile. As far as no one living in those markets… tell that to the thousands that do live there. it has to start somewhere.

        • det_b

          All good reasons why I would have loved to have purchased it in June. As for the “thousands”, that’s really not enough to justify the device since the entire new cycle of devices will support B71 and is just around the corner.

        • yankeesusa

          Completely agree with you on that.

  • Bklynman

    They are already about bring out the 9.

    • det_b

      Exactly. This phone should have been out in June.

    • Trevnerdio

      The S9 isn’t due for about another 6 months. They’re only halfway through the release cycle

  • that_guy

    How many phones have this new band already?

    • slybacon

      Just one, the LG V30.

      • that_guy

        Sigh.

        • yankeesusa

          Not that big a deal. This band isn’t on many towers yet. It is just the beginning. More will start going active by end of year and tmobile has said by 2018 mid year it will almost double. Most people don’t keep their phones for more than 2 years anyway.

  • Iphart

    Whoooweee, 4000mAh Battery, awesome.
    What kills the deal is probably the price of $700-800.

    • yankeesusa

      Very true. The price is what will keep me from getting it. Although, if they want to give me a $400 credit for my s8 i will gladly pay the other 400 to get it.

    • det_b

      $849.99 (same as AT&T). Although they will probably do a 2 for 1 with new line, as well as Black Friday discounts.

  • vinnyjr

    I want T-Mobile to bring a smaller Android device like the Sony XZ1 Compact, perfect size phone with Great specs. T-Mobile would add many new customers with that device. I’ll probably buy one direct but if T-Mobile offered it, they would have great success with it. Just my opinion!!

    • Mike

      Thank goodness you’re not running Tmobile. Sony has a very very small marketshare in the mobile industry. Sony phones will not add customers Tmobile.

      • carcomptoy

        He is a Pats fan, so we really can’t expect anything else.

    • lomsha

      Lol no

    • Iphart

      You can buy it unlocked for about $600.
      Sony will probably exit the cell phone business is US in probably couple of years. Don’t know any one who has a Sony cell phone.

    • IThoughtAsAChild

      I loved my Xperia Z3 it was the best phone I ever had..

  • AA-Ron

    Too little too late. Band 71 should have been in at least the note 8.

    • Philip

      Dont worry, almost everyone get a new phone every year. Another 11 months to go and almost every one will have Band 71.

    • yankeesusa

      How is it too late? It wasn’t until this year that cell sites supporting this band started activating. It’s just the beginning?

      • AA-Ron

        I agree. I just wish they would have just thrown band 71 support into the note 8 to future proof it a little bit.

        • yankeesusa

          Main reason they didn’t is because it was already in manufacturing when it was announced. Too late by then. It takes a year or more to get those designed into a phone and note 8 was already too far in development process.

        • Alex Rud

          They always come out with new versions of the device, so maybe a new Note 8 model will have the band.

    • decisivemoment

      They only finalized the auction in March, and regulators and industry organizations only finalized the specification in August. This is about the fastest rollout of new spectrum I’ve ever seen.

  • IThoughtAsAChild

    I want this, will trade my 8 for it and it will be my last high end device..

  • Bklynman

    Have no idea where to put this,but it seems that T-mobile no longer is sell ZTE phones.just went on their site,no more Zmax pro,so no Zmax Blade either will be coming to Tmo.

    • thepanttherlady

      Have that phone. It is probably the worst phone I’ve ever owned. Constantly freezes. :(

      • Alex Rud

        I have 6 in my family and they are all fine. Try to reset the phone and if it still does it, it is defective.

        • thepanttherlady

          I did. More than once. Took it back for a new replacement and while the 2nd one didn’t have as many issues I can say it’s just not a phone for my needs. Only phone I’ve wanted to chuck out the window while driving down the mountain or on a freeway. :/

          I’m using a Moto E4 Plus now and they’re like night and day from each other. Debating on sticking with this for awhile or getting the Pixel 2XL.

        • MindFog2287

          If you want a problem-free phone, I’d probably stay away from the 2XL. Now there’s reports of weird sounds from the speaker, not just the burn-in and blue display issues.

          Oddly enough, we had two Moto phones (G5) and both ended up going back because of issues that couldn’t be resolved with a factory reset. I’m sticking with Samsungs for now. I seem to have had the best luck with them, go figure.

        • thepanttherlady

          Thank you for the advise. I just got this phone so I’ll be sticking with it for a little bit. Will keep my eye on reviews/reports regarding the Pixel 2XL to see what issues come out. Can’t believe for once I’m actually waiting and not being one of the first adopters. Wow…someone check my temperature. :)

      • Bklynman

        I thought you only buy unlocked phones?

        • thepanttherlady

          Not always but I do try to stick to them.

  • decisivemoment

    I see CDMA in there too, both the ex-Nextel frequency that was once IDEN push-to-talk, and the general Sprint/Verizon/USCC standards. So, I assume unlocked for all carriers?

    One other question, that Bluetooth head SAR output is ridiculously high. I wonder if they made a mistake in testing? Just doesn’t fit with the rest of the phone or any other Bluetooth test I’ve ever seen.