Three years ago, Samsung launched its first ruggedized tablet, the 8-inch Galaxy Tab Active. It featured an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance and a shock resistant shell. Similar in concept to the Galaxy S Active series of phones, the aging tablet is about to get a successor with the Galaxy Tab Active 2. Two variants of the tablet, Wi-Fi and LTE + Wi-Fi, will launch with model numbers SM-T390 (Wi-Fi) and SM-T395 (LTE). Both models will have a removable battery like the original, but Bixby will now be part of the show.
The LTE model’s user manual has popped up online and provides a little more insight. It’ll come with an S Pen like the Galaxy Note smartphones, a fingerprint sensor and USB-C port. Bixby will also be available, but limited to the card-based Bixby Home. Voice functionality is unfortunately out. Specifications are expected to be low to mid-range, keeping the ruggedized tablet affordable.
Although the Galaxy Tab Active 2 was seen at the FCC last month, there’s still no word on a launch date. With the holidays fast approaching, however, Samsung will likely announce it soon.