Is Samsung Already Prepping An All-New Galaxy S6 Phone To Hit Shelves Next Week?

Samsung is still looking to push sales of its 2015 flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, but now there’s news that the South Korean tech conglomerate is going to push out another iteration of the Galaxy S6 family. That new Galaxy S6 phone, rumor has it, could even arrive as early as next week.

The tech heads over at 9to5Google pointed on Friday to a new tweet from AT&T that hints at an as yet unrevealed device. The tweet shows a young woman set to work out and holding an obscured phone.

Since Apple won’t be unveiling any new phones until later this year, and since the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have already been revealed, what is it that AT&T could be hinting at?

In all likelihood, the obscured phone is Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S6 Active. For the past several years, Samsung has pushed out a Galaxy S device like the Galaxy S6 relatively early in the year, only to follow that flagship device up soon after with multiple variants on the core hardware. The Galaxy S Active line is aimed at providing consumers with a more ruggedized smartphone, one that’s a bit better built to withstand a more active lifestyle.

Just what makes the Galaxy S6 Active so much more rugged than the plain old Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge? First, the S6 Active sports a much bulkier build than the regular Galaxy S6. That should help the Galaxy S6 Active withstand a good deal of shocks and shakes that a more active lifestyle might bring.

The Galaxy S6 Active will soon join the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge among Samsung's flagship lineup.

On top of that, Samsung boosted the durability of the S6 Active’s components. As SamMobile points out, the Galaxy S6 Active is water and dust-resistant, with an IP68 resistant rating. It also has a dedicated shooting mode for taking pictures underwater.

Inside, the Galaxy S6 Active will have largely the same components as seen with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung may well bump the S6 Active’s battery to a 3,500 mAh unit, a boost of nearly 50 percent over the 2,550 mAh unit seen in the Galaxy S6.

Just when can active-minded consumers look to get their hands on the tougher Galaxy S6 Active? That’s still up in the air, but it looks like the device will be launching on AT&T some time in the coming weeks. It’s already popped up on Samsung’s site, and last year’s Galaxy S5 Active launched on June 12, which is just a week away.

[Images via 9to5Google]