Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added.
According to Samsung, a 3.1MP auto focus camera included in the device can scan barcodes and when combined with NFC technology, should make it easier to communicate logistics and stock information. Samsung also included a special “C-Pen” stylus that clips to the top of the device. The C-Pen is meant to be used by workers who have to wear gloves so they are not slowed down trying to free their finger for input. Samsung included a 4450 mAh battery that they say can last 10 hours. In addition, the battery has been modified to be detachable for a quick swap with a fresh battery. Samsung also built in POGO pin charging to help protect against damage to the micro-USB connector.
According to Samsung, the new tablet was developed after a series of advisory group workshops with Fortune 500 companies that Samsung says lead to “the first tablet inspired by professionals and designed specifically to boost business productivity.”
The Galaxy Tab Active will only be available in Titanium Green, but there will be a variety of connectivity options including WiFi only or LTE. The table below shows the complete set of specs for the device. Samsung did not indicate what pricing or availability will be for this new tablet.