Samsung is one of the very few mainstream brands that has a rugged tablet in its portfolio, although it follows a rather erratic upgrade cycle. The Galaxy Tab Active Pro joined the company’s stable quite recently after an announcement in Germany. Standing true to its ‘Active’ branding, the tab is a tough machine that is designed to withstand rough use cases, including drops from a certain height. Here are the specifications, pricing, and availability details of the Samsung rugged tablet.
- Rugged design
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- MIL-STD 810G for fall survival
- S Pen support
- 10-inch full HD display
- Samsung DeX
- Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 4-year software support
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro: The Basics
Designed for being used in extreme environments, the Galaxy Tab Active Pro is a rugged tablet from Samsung. To achieve its level of ruggedness, the tablet had to do away with the fancy glass-sandwich body of other consumer products. Instead, the tablet has a thick shell protecting all its corners and backside. The front has a 10-inch FHD display that is surrounded by thick bezels as devices from 2016 did.
The Android navigation keys are present in their physical form below the display as the on-screen ones may be rendered unusable in certain situations. Samsung’s cherished S Pen stylus finds a place in a sheath placed on the left edge of the tablet. The Galaxy Tab Active Pro is IP68 rated for water and dust resistance and meets the MIL-STD 810G standard allowing it to survive falls from up to 1.2 meters in height.
In terms of software, the slate will come preloaded with Android Pie and Samsung is promising software updates, possibly only security updates, for up to 4 years. The included display supports Wet Touch and Glove Mode. It is fueled by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable memory. Samsung has included a 13MP rear-facing and an 8MP front-facing camera while a 7600mAh battery keeps the device running.
|Tablet||Sasmung Galaxy Tab Active Pro|
|Operating system||One UI based on Android 9 Pie|
|Display||10-inch TFT (1920 x 1200)|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor|
|Expandable||MicroSD up to 512GB|
|Main camera||13 Megapixels|
|Front camera||8 Megapixels|
|Ports||USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Dimensions||243.5 x 170.2 x 9.9 mm|
Pricing & Availability
Samsung is targeting its rugged tablet at businesses, at least for its initial sales, in Germany where the device is said to go on sale starting October 1. The Galaxy Tab Active Pro will be priced at €599 (668 USD) for its Wi-Fi-only variant with the cellular variant costing €679 (758 USD). The South Korean hasn’t revealed any roadmap for the tablet’s availability in global markets.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro Alternatives
Most rugged tablets similar to this Samsung tablet don’t usually get iterative updates that often so it’d be hard to find something up to the mark. If your work doesn’t necessarily need an overtly-durable tablet, then you can look at the recently announced Apple iPad 10.2. The device shares a lot of similarities with last year’s $329 iPad (review).
Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab S5e (review) is a great mid-range tablet that should meet all your business needs. For those prioritizing performance can also look at the brand-new Galaxy Tab S6 (review). You can also go for the Lenovo IdeaPad D330 (review) to benefit from its detachable keyboard and full Windows 10 support.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active ProAimed at businesses, this Samsung rugged tablet is designed to stay intact even after dropping from a 1.2-meter height. It does come with an S Pen allowing the users to quickly take notes or use the tablet more efficiently. It has a 10-inch full HD display on the front while the company has vowed to push software updates for up to 4 years.
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