(IFA 2014) Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab Active
Samsung announcements apparently didn’t end with their unpacked announcements. The South Korean behemoth instead took to the IFA show floor for one more announcement: the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active, which Samsung is touting as a device “Inspired by Professionals and Built for Business”. Apparently, the device is a result of research undertaken by Samsung with a few “advisory group workshops” and they tout that it meets most needs of the businesses.
So what’s inside the Galaxy Tab Active? Well, the first thing you’ll see is the screen, so let’s start there. The Galaxy Tab Active comes with an 8.0-inch Wide XGA (extended graphics array) Thin Film Transistor LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The display has a 189 pixels per inch pixel density. The tablet will run on a Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz speed with an Adreno 305 graphics unit. The processor will be supported by 1.5 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal storage with support for microSD expansion up to 64 GB of additional memory.
The Galaxy Tab Active will come with a 3.15-MegaPixel main camera with a 1.2-MegaPixel front facing camera. Being geared to business customers, Samsung touts the camera as being of a high enough resolution to enable its users to scan barcodes with ease. In addition, the cameras will come with an LED flash and will be autofocus capable. In addition, the tablet comes with only 3 sensors: accelerometer, gyro and compass. It will be running a TouchWiz ladden Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The Galaxy Tab Active will come in two variants, a 4G LTE capable variant and a WiFi Only variant. The 4G LTE variant will come with mobile connectivity in addition to the WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity found on the WiFi only variant.
The Galaxy Tab Active gets its name from the anti-shock covering which can withstand a 1.2-meter drop and water and dust resistance compliant to an IP67 certification. In addition, the rugged exterior also comes with a slot for the Samsung C-Pen which comes with the tablet bringing some stylus features to the device, though not as robust as the S-Pen. Samsung also touts that the C-Pen will enable business users who are required to wear gloves an alternative input method.
The Galaxy Tab will be powered by a 4450 mAh Lithium Ion battery. The battery will be removable – a first for a Samsung tablet which is usually powered by a non-removable battery. Samsung touts this as a plus for their business customers who will be to swap out batteries when needed.