Every year since 2013, Samsung has unveiled a flagship Galaxy S device and shortly after released a more rugged, ‘Active' variant. With the inception of water and dust resistance into this year's standard Galaxy S7, most were unsure whether the company would still try to follow up with an Active model.
While the addition of these weatherproofing capabilities is much appreciated by S7 and S7 Edge owners, the device harnesses a glass front and back that are very susceptible to damage when dropped. Combining this with the S7's slippery build materials and it can be a disaster waiting to happen.
Google Play's ‘Samsung Level' app listing confirmed the future existence of the S7 Active as it appeared in a long list of supported devices, so it's pretty clear the company plans to release another S7 variant.
Besides a more rugged chassis, the Active models in the past have offered the advantages of larger battery capacities, and physical buttons swapped out where capacitive buttons usually are located.