Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active is apparently its toughest phone to date

If you're a little confused about where the new phone fits in Samsung's line-up, it's the same screen size as the Galaxy S8, though a little bulkier overall.

Know this, though: Previous models of Galaxy Active devices have sometimes been less water resistant in real world tests, despite Samsung's claims. That might change this year, though.

The Galaxy S8 will be exclusive to AT&T and only available 'for a limited time'.

Samsung on Monday officially announced the Galaxy S8 Active, a more rugged version of its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone.

Apart from the rugged look, the new Samsung smartphone is both dust and water-resistant as well.

The Galaxy S8 Active comes with a 5.8-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED display with unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio much like the Galaxy S8, but sans its gorgeous curves.

It's not the curved Infinity Display but a flat panel. While the back has a rugged, tough texture for a secure grip, presence of side bumpers - on top of a metal frame - help the phone survive accidental drops. The smartphone is still powered with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 System-on-chip paired by four gigs of RAM.

For the time being at least, the device is exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., and can be pre-ordered tomorrow (Tuesday August 8) for an on-sale date of Friday August 11.

The current going rate on the phone is about $850, which would break down into payments of just over $28 per month for 30 months - or at least this is what AT&T is offering.

As far as the other specs go, the S8 Active matches the phones that came before it, from the 12 MP rear-facing camera to the on-board Bixby smart assistant.

Samsung Knox, is also included - a feature which Sammy refers to as a "defense-grade mobile security platform".