Korean manufacturer Samsung has decided to revamp its Android Galaxy tablet series considering the reducing number of tablet users. The company has taken the wrap off it’s new Galaxy Tab Active 2 which is a successor to the Galaxy Tab Active which was launched in September 2014, almost three years ago. What’s unique is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 comes with a rugged body with military-standard MIL-STD-810 certification which will mean it can survive in extreme conditions(pressure, IP68 water resistance, dust, temperature, shock protection for up to 1.2 meters or 3.9 feet drops etc.).
The new Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active 2 takes a few cues and inspirations from the Samsung Note 8. The device features an 8-inch TFT LCD display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and 480 nits of brightness. The display also features a high sensitivity mode which we can use the tablet using gloves. It also has a Wacom digitizer which makes it easy for the new stylus. The new fingerprint sensor is embedded in the physical home button.
Inside the hood, we will find an octa core Exynos 7880 processor(featuring on Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2017 ) clocked at 1.6 GHz paired with 3 GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage further expandable by a micro SD card up to 128GB. On the rear, it sports an 8 MP auto focus camera with LED flash while there is a 5 MP camera on the front. The device is powered by a 4,450 mAh battery which is the same on the previous version. Connectivity includes NFC (Near Field Communications), LTE support, USB Type-C, Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi. While the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 runs Android 7.1 Nougat, an Android 8.0 Oreo version is expected soon.
Finally, we talk about the new stylus. The Galaxy Active tab 2 features an S Pen on the inside with which you can write, draw, scribble and use shortcuts. The back panel is detachable meaning the battery can be removed and charge attached devices. The new tablet is a visible focus for business individuals sporting POGO pins for connecting third-party accessories like barcode readers. Samsung also provides an SDK (Software Developmental Kit) for it. As expected the device comes in support for Bixby (first Samsung tablet) which be limited to card-based contextual self. Also, it features Bixby home voice functionality powered by Bixby Voice.
The new device is priced at €500 which is Rs 38,197 approximately in Indian currency. The device will be released for sale in Netherlands from November but is expected an international release soon.