Samsung has announced a new tablet that is aimed directly at the mobile workforce in the United States. The tablet is called the Galaxy Tab Active Pro, and it is a ruggedized tablet for mobile workers that is designed specifically for those who work in harsh environments both indoors and outdoors.
Samsung says that the Galaxy Tab Active Pro is purpose-built for workers in manufacturing, transportation, and public safety. Its key feature is the ruggedized design that can withstand excessive pressure, temperature, vibration, and drops by meeting MIL-STD-810G regulations.
The tablet is also IP68 certified for dust and water resistance. The tablet also features an IP68-certified water and dust resistant S Pen that works even if the display is wet. The tablet supports touchscreen functionality, even when wearing heavy work gloves.
The screen of the Galaxy Tab Active Pro measures 10.1-inches across, which Samsung says is its largest screen yet for a ruggedized B2B tablet. The battery is good for up to 15 hours of use per charge. The back panel is removable to allow a fully-charged battery to be inserted -- a rarity in the Android world -- while working in the field or to support shift-based jobs. LTE is available and WiFi connectivity is built-in along with a 13MP rear camera. The front camera is an 8MP unit for making field reports or scanning documents.
Samsung rolled in an NFC chip, so the tablet is mPOS ready, allowing it to scan bar codes and perform functions like securing payments or managing inventory. It has integrated GPS and supports biometric authentication. Since the Galaxy Tab Active Pro is an Android device, it fully supports the app ecosystem and Google Play Store. Samsung is mum on pricing, but the WiFi version is available now via the Samsung IT reseller partner channel with the LTE version coming November 15. The new tablet is a followup to the Tab Active 2 that launched last year.