As well as being waterproof and dustproof like its standard stable mate, the Active version of the Galaxy S7 switches out the glass components in favour of plastic replacements, meaning it is much more likely to survive a drop onto a hard surface without smashing or shattering.
With a 5.1 inch QHD display, a 4000mAh battery and the same chipset as the original S7, the Active should be just as capable of providing a cutting edge smartphone experience, wrapped up in a highly protective package.
The battery life is particularly worth mentioning, since the chunkier design means that a larger cell has been squeezed under the surface and it should be able to last much longer than the majority of similarly specced handsets on the market at the moment.
The two main downsides are its increased thickness and the fact that it has yet to have a UK launch date confirmed. But there is every likelihood that Samsung will eventually decide to export the device outside of the North American market.