Samsung has begun shipping the Galaxy Tab Active, its first ruggedised tablet aimed specifically at business users, which will initially be available in the UK via a specialist distributor able to support the target markets for the device.
Announced in September, the Galaxy Tab Active is an 8in tablet running the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ 8026 processor with 1.5GB memory and 16GB of internal flash storage.
In the UK, the tablet will be available exclusively through specialist distributor Exertis for at least six months. Exertis in turn will supply resellers who can support business customers with their enterprise mobility requirements.
Unlike Samsung's numerous other tablets, the Galaxy Tab Active is aimed at the enterprise workforce and so comes with a free ruggedised protective case designed to withstand drops from up to 1.2m and is water and dust resistant to IP67 certification. It also features Samsung's Knox security technology.
"Samsung's Galaxy Tab Active device has been designed to address the requirements and challenges faced by business users," said Graham Long, vice president of enterprise business at Samsung.
"The enterprise technology landscape has shifted dramatically, driven by the demand for devices that appeal to consumers while being able to cope with the challenging requirements of professional use."
The Galaxy Tab Active comes with Samsung's C-Pen Stylus and a swappable 4,450mAh lithium polymer battery pack that is capable of delivering up to 10 hours of use from a full charge. It comes in a version with WiFi connectivity only, and a second version with WiFi and 4G/LTE mobile broadband.
UK pricing for the Galaxy Tab Active has yet to be disclosed, but it is listed at a starting price of $699.99 (£443) on Samsung's US site.
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