Chasing Fortune 500, Samsung launches water resistant Galaxy Tab Active

Samsung has launched a tough tablet designed for enterprise customer field fleets.

Galaxy Tab Active
Galaxy Tab Active. Image: Samsung

On the hunt for more enterprise customers, Samsung has opened pre-orders for the new eight-inch Galaxy Tab Active, a ruggedised, water-resistant slate designed with input from Fortune 500 companies.

Samsung, like Apple, is eyeing the enterprise for growth in tablet sales to offset market share declines that the two companies have faced in recent times at the expense of smaller, cheaper rivals.

The Korean company, which is suffering a slump in smartphone profits , has kicked off pre-orders in the US for the Galaxy Tab Active, its latest effort to appeal to enterprise customers. The tablet, which comes with anti-shock casing and is designed for field-use, has been built with IP67 dust and water resistant certification that Samsung first included in the Galaxy S5.

The tablet's chunky protective casing should help the device cope with drops of up to 1.2 metres. It's also been certified for Citrix and SAP applications with more ISV certifications in the pipeline, according to Samsung.

Other key features include a pogo charging connector, as well as Samsung's C-Pen stylus. As expected, the device is running Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with Samsung's Knox security set, which for an additional license fee, offers hardware level encryption and a secure container for work apps.

The Galaxy Tab Active launch follows the release earlier this year of the 8.5-inch and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S range, but while the Active been hardened for the road, it also comes with slimmed down on specs compared with the S. For example, the Active Tab lacks the fingerprint reader for authentication, which Samsung brought across from the Galaxy S5 to the Tab S range  — again, aimed at the enterprise.

The Galaxy Tab Active comes with 16GB storage, 1.5GB RAM, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, and an LCD WXGA display offering a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It’s also got a 3.1 megapixel camera and 4450mAh capacity removable battery.

The device is only available in black and will cost $700. Samsung expects to ship the device at the end of October.

According to Samsung, during the design phase of the Galaxy Tab Active, the company talked with Fortune 500 companies spanning 12 industries to find out what business leaders wanted from a mobile device.

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