The recently leaked Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now official, replacing the aging Galaxy Tab Active from three years ago and again targeting business customers. It’s a ruggedized tablet with an 8-inch screen (1280 x 800) providing glove and wet-touch capabilities, IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and major shock protection with a MIL-STD-810G certification. It’s far from having flagship specs, but its purpose is to provide business users with a versatile tool that can take a beating.
Suk-Jea Hahn, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Global Mobile B2B Team, said, “The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 was built based on in-depth customer and partner feedback and has been carefully developed to create a whole new category of tablet for the global workforce.”
Samsung collaborated with IBM Maximo to integrate asset management capabilities with the fingerprint scanner, S Pen and multi-window screens to make work easier and more efficient for field workers. Sanjay Brahmawar, general manager of IBM Watson IoT Sales, said, “Users will be able to conduct crucial on-premise analysis, such as updating work orders or counting inventory items, in an intuitive, friendly interface on a robust and reliable device.”
Samsung also partnered with Gamber-Johnson and Ram®Mounts to provide vehicle mounting options for law enforcement and commercial fleets. Other collaborations include ECOM Instruments providing explosion protection, Koamtac providing portable barcode scanning, Otterbox providing hand straps and iKey providing portable keyboards.
The tablet has new gyroscope and geomagnetic sensors that allow for a variety of augmented reality (AR) capabilities, enabling employees to train in realistic, simulated environments before going hands-on at a job site. Security is also onboard with the defense-grade Knox platform (2.8), fingerprint scanner and facial recognition.
Specs include an Exynos 7870 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (with microSD support up to 256GB), a 4,450mAh removable battery, S Pen with 4096 pressure level, air command and an IP68 rating, Knox 2.8 and Android 7.1 Nougat. Despite it’s business focused design, the Galaxy Tab Active 2 would also be a great consumer device for those looking for something rugged that can survive the great outdoors.
The tablet is launching this month in select markets and exact pricing hasn’t been announced.