Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:02

Samsung activates Galaxy Tab Active2, a ruggedised tablet 'optimised for business'

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It's not just Panasonic that's in the ruggedised Android tablet space, but Samsung too, with its second-generation Enhanced Galaxy Tab Active2. 

Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Tab Active2, billed as "a new business-rugged tablet built for business through a customer-centric design inspired by professionals with the latest innovations from Samsung".

It is designed to help "accelerate the digital transformation of industries among key verticals like transportation, public safety and manufacturing by offering a wider range of features such as biometrics integration, multi-window screens and S Pen capabilities that function in extreme working conditions, ultimately improving worker productivity and flexibility".

Suk-Jea Hahn, executive vice-president of Samsung Electronics' Global Mobile B2B Team, said: "The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 was built based on in-depth customer and partner feedback and has been carefully developed to create a whole new category of tablet for the global workforce.

“We strategically worked to build a wider partner ecosystem for extended functionality through collaborations with leading industry players, such as IBM, ECOM Instruments, Gamber Johnson, Ram Mounts, iKey, Otterbox and Koamtac. With IBM Maximo, we are delighted to bring to Samsung, for the first time, industry leading asset management features for field workers to simplify their daily lives.”

Danny Mandrides, head of Sales, Enterprise Mobility, at Samsung Electronics Australia, said: "The Galaxy Tab Active2 will provide a high performance experience for the most demanding Australian tablet users and is delivered with a sleek and highly mobile form factor, great connectivity via 4G or WiFi, and the best in Galaxy features like IP68 water resistance, S-Pen, and integration with a range of partner business tools.

“In addition to a great set of features customers have come to expect from a Galaxy mobile device, the Tab Active2 is also practical for work environments with a 1.2m anti-shock inbox protective cover and display touch mode for gloved and wet touch functionality.”

Building a partner ecosystem with industry leaders

Samsung Mobile says it has "embraced an open approach with partners to expand the experience for the Galaxy Tab Active2 including working with IBM Maximo to integrate the capabilities of Asset Management and Work Management".

"By combining IBM’s advanced asset management capabilities with device features such as biometrics integration, multi-window screens and S Pen capabilities, tasks such as equipment inspection and maintenance will be easier and more efficient for workers, regardless of the complexity of the environment they are working in."

Sanjay Brahmawar, general manager of IBM Watson IoT Sales, said: "With this collaboration, IBM Maximo and Samsung Mobile B2B are solving ever-changing business requirements for industrialised mobile devices and empowering field technicians with new tools designed to work where and how they do.

“Users will be able to conduct crucial on-premise analysis, such as updating work orders or counting inventory items, in an intuitive, friendly interface on a robust and reliable device.”

Additionally, we're told the Galaxy Tab Active2 has "professional-grade vehicle mounting options for commercial fleets and law enforcement through partnerships with Gamber Johnson and Ram Mounts".

"Other collaborations bring new features such as explosion protection for oil, gas, pharmaceutical and chemical industries with support from ECOM Instruments, portable barcode scanning from Koamtac, hand straps from Otterbox and rugged vehicle and portable keyboards from iKey."

Customer-inspired innovation

Samsung proudly boasts its Galaxy Tab Active2 is "MIL-STD-810 certified, ensuring that the tablet is durable enough to survive excessive pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration and drops".

"The Galaxy Tab Active2 offers business-rugged features such as a 1.2m anti-shock inbox protective cover, IP68 water and dust resistance and better display touch mode for gloved and wet touch. These features provide greater durability in extreme environments with a simple design and interface for one-handed input and holding."

Latest innovations for field workers

We're also told "the thin and light tablet in class designed specifically for worker ergonomics" and notes new features that "expand the productivity tools for those on the job, including a new advanced S Pen that brings precise input options with 4096 pressure level and air command feature. The S Pen also features IP68 water and dust resistance for use in outdoor environments, even during rain and wet conditions".

Using the improved 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP Auto Focus rear-camera, Samsung says "business users will experience better quality photos for work purpose such as ID card and passport scanning".

"A new fingerprint scanner offers enhanced security authentication, and the facial recognition feature is a convenient option for unlocking the device using just one hand. When paired with new gyroscope and geomagnetic sensors, employees will also benefit from a wide range of augmented reality (AR) capabilities.

"AR can now be used with Galaxy Tab Active2 for employee training and customer support experiences allowing businesses to train employees in a realistic environment before ever reaching the job site. It also contains NFC feature."

There is also "LTE connectivity, easy and convenient power charging with efficient battery control of multiple devices and additional data signal pins for optional keyboard connection".

Security and management businesses demand

Finally, we get to Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 providing businesses with "enhanced options for security, supported by the defence-grade Knox platform and convenient biometric authentication including a new fingerprint scanner offering improved security authentication and facial recognition for convenient hands-free access".

Set to be available from October 2017 "in select markets".

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 product specifications:

DISPLAY
8.0” WXGA TFT (1280x800)

CHIPSET
Samsung Exynos 7870
Octa-core 1.6GHz

LTE SUPPORT
LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps)

MEMORY
3GB + 16GB
microSD up to 256GB

CAMERA
8.0MP AF + 5.0MP, Flash

PORT
USB 2.0 Type C, Pogo Pin

SENSORS
Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz+5GHz)
Wi-Fi Direct, BT 4.2, NFC
GPS
GPS + GLONASS

DIMENSION, WEIGHT
127.6 x 214.7 x 9.9mm, 415g (Wi-Fi) / 419g (LTE)

BATTERY CAPACITY
4,450mAh, User Replaceable

OS/UPGRADE
Android 7.1
Durability
IP68 Water and Dust Resistance,
1.2m Anti-shock with inbox protective cover,
MIL-STD-810G

Pen
S Pen (IP68 Certified, 4096 Pressure Level, Air Command)

Security
Knox 2.8


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