Before you dismiss this as yet another Samsung Tablet, you will need to read on. This 8-inch Ruggedized GALAXY Tab Active is the results of Samsung internal research and feedback from a series of advisory group workshops with Fortune 500 companies.
The first thing I noticed is the ability to change battery even though it is a ruggedized tablet. It is important because no matter how good a tablet is, without power, it will be useless.
Next is the look of it. It still looks like a business tablet even though it is rugged. Important that your tablet can handle the occasional drops or knocks. And talking about knocks, this tablet is KNOX ready
The only thing that I think is lacking is the 1.5GB RAM and the low specs of the camera. But if it is targeted for the business, it might not be very important.
Samsung GALAXY Tab Active Product Specifications
Inspired by Professionals and Built for Business, Samsung Unveils First Ruggedized Tablet
Ruggedized GALAXY Tab Active developed specifically for the business environment with professional functionalities and reinforced security
Singapore – December 4, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Singapore today unveiled the GALAXY Tab Active, Samsung’s first tablet built specifically for business, applying Samsung’s trusted mobile leadership and people inspired innovation philosophy to the workplace. The next step in Samsung’s legacy of innovation in the tablet category, the GALAXY Tab Active employs the ruggedized, portable design that professionals desire to take on the demands of today’s challenging business environments.
“Samsung acknowledges that the businesses of today are multi-faceted and diverse, and are more demanding than before,” said Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore. “As a trusted global leader in mobile technology, Samsung is ready to meet these demands with solutions tailored specifically for businesses and professionals, with cutting-edge technology and innovative features suited for the workplace.”
The GALAXY Tab Active represents Samsung’s commitment to meeting customer needs. In order to learn what business leaders want from a mobile device for optimal performance and efficiency, Samsung engaged in a series of advisory group workshops with Fortune 500 companies. The top companies across vertical markets, such as retail, logistics and transportation participated, providing valuable feedback that went directly into the development of the GALAXY Tab Active. Combining the results of this research with Samsung’s own market insight led to the creation of the GALAXY Tab Active as the first tablet inspired by professionals and designed specifically to boost business productivity.
No Limitations, Increased Productivity
Features of the GALAXY Tab Active deliver complete business functionality based on performance, durability and protection, allowing professionals to work without limitations in and out of the office. The GALAXY Tab Active delivers the full connectivity and meets the “always on” needs of today’s mobile business environment. It is ready to take on the harshest of work settings, and its slim, light, premium, robust design coupled with replaceable battery allows users to work efficiently wherever and whenever needed.
The following examples provide an understanding of how the GALAXY Tab Active is the right tool for users who require performance and durability:
- Its Anti-Shock1 Protection can withstand a 1.2-meter drop, with the ruggedized cover on, and it is water and dust resistant with IP672certification. For example, a sales or field force representative can meet potential customers in the field with the ruggedized GALAXY Tab Active and not worry about minor accidents or shocks such as dropping the device or coming into contact with water.
- The 3.1MP Auto Focus Camera can easily scan barcodes, and the GALAXY Tab Active’s NFC technology saves time on communications and work process management. These essential features can greatly boost productivity, such as with transportation and logistics managers who can leverage the GALAXY Tab Active to seamlessly connect with a building’s foreman on shipping and receiving.
- Samsung’s robust “C Pen” is installed at the top of the protective GALAXY Tab Active cover to provide professionals who may have to wear gloves, at a construction site for example, with an alternative input option.
- For those professionals constantly in the field, such as utility workers, near continuous usage is supported by up to 10-hour3, long-lasting battery life and you can now conserve your tablet battery life by activating the Ultra Power Saving Mode4feature available on GALAXY Tab Active which saves power significantly by changing the screen to black-and-white, and operating several essential apps, e.g. web surfing, messaging, while turning off all the non-essential services on your tablet. In Ultra Power Saving Mode, one can stretch the remaining 10% battery life to up to 160.8 hours’ (+) worth of standby time4. Moreover, the detachable battery provides a quick and easy exchange for a fresh battery when necessary for uninterrupted working. Also, the built-in POGO pin charging* prevents micro-USB connector damage while allowing for multi-device charging when returning to the office.
+ Based on internal testing using GALAXY Tab Active (8.0”) Wi-Fi®. Actual experienced battery life may vary. * Multi-device charging accessories are available for sale through third party providers
The GALAXY Tab Active is supported by Samsung KNOX for a comprehensive mobile security platform, available exclusively for Enterprise customers only. This reinforced security platform keeps organisation data secure and manageable as well as separates work from personal data.
Understanding the importance of timing in business, the remote Smart Tutor Service gives each GALAXY Tab Active user safe, easy and quick means to access technical support anywhere, anytime.
Vertical Market Integration
Samsung’s People-Inspired Innovation philosophy makes the vertical integration of its technology solutions simple, and Samsung has tirelessly served many vertical industry customers with integrated offerings over the years through a holistic portfolio across mobility, visual display and printing solutions.
Today, all industries are tasked with incorporating evolving technology, and Samsung’s approach is to serve each market with innovative products like the GALAXY Tab Active that are capable of addressing industry-specific needs. Samsung enters the business conversation with a strong, end-to-end offering that will continue to drive demand for smarter solutions that meet the unique needs of each vertical market as the workplace transitions into the digital world.
The Samsung GALAXY Tab Active is available in 16GB5 + MicroSD (up to 64GB). The device is available in Titanium Green and it comes with the Ruggedized Cover and the “C Pen”.
The Samsung GALAXY Tab Active is now available in Singapore at $698 for the LTE version and $598 for the Wi-Fi® version at IT retailers, Samsung Experience Stores, and from authorised Enterprise channel partners.
The following accessories are also available for purchase with the GALAXY Tab Active:
- Gear Circle (SM-R130) available in Black, Blue and White at $168
- 9500mAh Battery Pack (EB-PN910) available in Black and White at $128
- USB/LAN Hub (ET-UP900) at $98
Photos and further information can be found at www.samsung.com/sg/business.
1 According to accredited test results by Cascade Technical Sciences, Inc. Note: Device is not shock or accident proof.
2 IP67 rating means that device is protected against entry of solid foreign objects and harmful ingress of water under test conditions of immersion in 24.5°C water without chemical content for up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes, based on fully sealed device (except for 3.5mm headphone jack). According to accredited test results by Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme, individual results may vary. Note: IP67 rating does not mean that device is waterproof.
3 Dependent on network, SIM card, usage and battery condition.
4The Estimated maximum standby time (“Time”) provided has been calculated based solely on Samsung’s internal standby time test results, measured when device is at rest. The test conditions were based on various network connections under initial factory settings using the same settings as the Ultra Power Saving mode. Therefore, the Time may not be accurate depending on your current network configuration, application usage, mode settings, signal strength, noise, features or tasks selected, actual usage patterns, operating temperature, battery condition and other surrounding factors and conditions. Unless otherwise expressly stated or legally required, Samsung disclaims any warranty that the Time will be accurate without any error.
5 Actual user-accessible internal storage may differ depending on operating system and other built-in applications.
6 Hancom Viewer is pre-installed, and editing program is downloadable via application update.
Note: Certain features, services and applications (including 4G LTE) are dependent on network connectivity and may not be available in all coverage areas. Additional data charges may apply. Specifications are accurate as at time of print and are subject to change without prior notice.
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