Barely three months have passed since the release of the Galaxy S7. Yet in Samsung's world that is plenty time enough, so now we're being treated to an update of the firm's Active range.
The S7 Active is the fourth handset to get the toughened treatment (the Galaxy S4 Active kicked things off in 2013). The combination of hard-wearing outer shell and improved battery stamina makes it an ideal accompaniment for builders, hikers, explorers, extreme adventurers or just those who worry about phones being smashed to smithereens. So how does it fare against the original Galaxy S7?
Galaxy S7: 142.4x69.6x7.9mm, 152g
Galaxy S7 Active: 148.8x75x9.9mm, 185g
Let's get one thing clear: nobody is coming to the Galaxy S7 Active for its looks. We'll delve into the internals in a while, but externally you'd be hard pressed to spot the similarities between the two handsets.
The Active ignores the pleasingly smooth curves and shimmering build of the vanilla S7 in favour of an altogether more rugged design. The Active is ensconced in rubber and adds military-grade certification to the S7's existing IP68. This means that the thick protective shell will guard against extremes of temperature, rain, sand, salt, dust, solar radiation, vibration and shock.
If you take a perverse pleasure in seeing tech being destroyed there's a YouTube video showing the effects on the device after 50 drops. Spoiler alert: it remains undamaged.
That extra protection does add some weight. It tips the scales at 185g (that's an increase of around 20 per cent), but the design changes make it less likely to slip out of your pocket.
The glass back may have been replaced with plastic, but this makes it all the more grippy in the hand. There