According to a list of code names surfaced on XDA Developers, Samsung Galaxy S9 Active is in the making. The list comes from some XML files found in a beta firmware of Android Oreo for Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and it contains three models which confirm that the Active version of the S9 exists. The models in question are identified by the code names star, star2 and astarqlte. According to previous rumors, star and star2 are the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: so, if these rumors have to be believed, astarqlte must be another variant of the S9.
We are not completely sure that we are talking about the Active version of the S9, it might even be a brand new version of the device, but seeing that the only variant of the S series released in the past few years is the Active variant, it is the most reliable hypothesis. The alleged code name of the phone contains an initial letter “a” which is not present in the code names of S9 and S9 Plus. The letter A might stand for Active, while the letter Q after “star” might stand for Qualcomm.
This means that it is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Active with the Snapdragon 845 SoC, so the one for the U.S. market. Every year Samsung releases an Active version of its main flagship, and probably this year will not be different. But Samsung Galaxy S9 Active might be announced months after the standard version which will be showcased at MWC 2018 (the official event will be held on February 25). Besides this device, the list also shows other upcoming Samsung devices: Galaxy C10, Galaxy C10 Plus, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2018, Galaxy Tab E 2018, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy J2 2018, Galaxy J3 Neo, another unknown version of the J3, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J7, another variant of the J7, Galaxy J8 and other unknown code names.