Samsung has unveiled an 8in Android tablet built specifically for business users, featuring a rugged design, long battery life and a swappable battery pack, plus Samsung's Knox security technology.
Announced at the IFA show in Berlin, the Galaxy Tab Active represents Samsung's first tablet made specifically for businesses, according to the firm, and delivers performance, durability and protection to allow professionals to work without limitations in and out of the office, but in a consumer-friendly format.
The Galaxy Tab Active comes with Samsung's C-Pen Stylus, which enables workers to operate the device while wearing gloves, plus a Protective Cover. With the latter fitted, the tablet can withstand a 1.2m drop, and it is water and dust resistant to IP67 certification, Samsung said.
In terms of specifications, the device features an 8in 1280x800 touchscreen, is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor backed by 1.5GB memory and 16GB flash storage, and runs the Android 4.4 KitKat release of Google's mobile platform. Connectivity options include WiFi only, or WiFi and 4G/LTE mobile broadband for the 393g device.
Potential corporate buyers will be pleased to learn that the 4,450mAh battery inside the Galaxy Tab Active is quoted to deliver up to 10 hours of use, and is detachable so workers can carry a spare and swap this in if required.
The Galaxy Tab Active includes Samsung's Knox security technology, which enables corporate applications to run inside a secure container to protect against possible malware attack. It also includes a Smart Tutor remote-support service, which enables Galaxy Tab Active users to access technical support from anywhere.
Samsung provides Mobile Care Service with the Galaxy Tab Active, which offers an extended basic warranty period of up to three years for damage caused by accidents.
However, Samsung declined to specify when the Galaxy Tab Active will be available, or give any indication of pricing.
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