While Samsung is one of the very few Android tablet manufacturers remaining, it’s also a part of an even smaller group that makes rugged slates. Its Galaxy Tab Active series is one of the more recognized options among those interested in such heavy-duty tablets. Adding a new device to that list, Samsung just introduced the Galaxy Tab Active3, which tries to offer the same ruggedness level in a smaller form factor.
Here is everything that you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3, including its specifications, pricing, availability details, and some alternatives.
- Rugged design
- MIL-STD-810H, IP68
- S Pen support
- 8-inch FHD+ display
- Exynos 9810 processor
- 4GB RAM + 128GB storage
- 5050mAh battery
- Optional 4G LTE
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3: The Basics
Since the Galaxy Tab Active3 is supposed to be used outdoors, Samsung has given it a thick case outside that keeps the device safe from any physical damage. It is well protected from all angles — guaranteed by the MIL-STD-810H and IP68 certifications it has bagged. The included case also has an easy slot for the S Pen. The stylus is also specially designed and is IP68 rated for the tablet-like water and dust resistance. Adding to that, the Tab Active3 has hardware navigation keys on the front, while the display is tuned to work even when you’re wearing gloves.
You’ll find an 8-inch FHD+ LCD taking up most of the front. Samsung says that the device is optimized for being used as an mPOS machine and for barcode scanning in stores — both of these functions require third-party apps to function. You could even have a PC-like experience using the built-in DeX mode, offering even better multitasking. It’s got a 5050mAh user-replaceable battery — something not too common nowadays. The tablet’s got something called No Battery Mode, which can switch power input from the battery to a direct external source, for using the tablet as a stationary device. However, it requires a dedicated power accessory that connects using the pogo-pin connector on the side.
The Galaxy Tab Active3 is 4G LTE capable, and you can use it to make calls as well, as the tablet has an earpiece on the front. On the inside, you’ll find an Exynos 9810 processor running alongside 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of expandable storage. Device security is handled by a fingerprint scanner, while you also get Samsung’s Knox security suite built right in. The tablet comes running Android 10 and gets two cameras, one each on the front and back.
|Tablet||Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3|
|Operating system||Android 10-based One UI|
|Display||8-inch IPS LCD (1920 x 1200)|
|Processor||Octa-core Exynos 9810|
|Expandable||MicroSD card slot, up to 1TB|
|Main camera||13 Megapixels|
|Front camera||5 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||Optional 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth|
|Ports||USB Type C 3.1 Gen 1, pogo-pin connector|
|Dimensions||213.8 x 126.8 x 9.9 mm|
|Weight||426g (Wi-Fi)/429g (LTE)|
Pricing & Availability
Samsung plans to make the Tab Active3 available first in Europe and Asia before bringing it to other parts of the world, including North America. In Europe, the slate comes in at €477, which is about US$560 on direct conversion. There is no date available when the device will go on sale, but the company says that it could happen pretty soon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 Alternatives
If that 8-inch screen is a bit small for your use case, you can alternatively go for the Galaxy Tab Active Pro. It’s a bit more expensive but offers a similarly decked hardware for your rugged needs. Other than that, it’d be hard to find a comparable offering, since not many companies can replicate the kind of package Samsung could put together for a rugged tablet. You can easily get non-rugged tablets in a similar braket, such as Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab A 8.4, which even costs a bit less.
Amazon quite recently came out with its Fire HD 8 range (review) that can also get the job done. The two tablets in the range are made using plastic, which can withstand a couple of drops, and given the fact that they don’t cost a lot, a breakage won’t hurt your wallet much. For a more all-around machine with decent app support, the new Apple iPad 8 stands as a good option, especially considering its price and the kind of performance it offers.
- Good 8-inch screen
- Rugged design
- Fast processor
- S Pen is included
- Removable battery
- Samsung DeX
- LTE & phone capabilities
- Old-looking design
- Single speaker only
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