Samsung’s latest rugged tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2, is coming stateside following its 2017 launch in other regions.
Before you get too excited, know that this model in particular puts durability over design and exciting hardware features. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, reportedly soon to be treated to Android Oreo, the Active 2 shares less in common with the company’s slick smartphone lineup.
Targeted toward outdoor workers, the Active 2 could also make for a competent options for kids or those who tend to put their tech through a lot of abuse. In this way, it’s like the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, but way more expensive with an asking price of $420 and $520 for the Wi-Fi and LTE versions, respectively.
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This tablet features an 8-inch 1,200 x 800 TFT display and underneath the hood, an Exynos 7870 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and a massive 4,450mAh battery power the Android Nougat-flavored experience.
Suited for use with gloves thanks to its physical navigation buttons beneath the screen, the Active 2 can withstand dust, water and drops at any angle thanks to its IP68 and MIL-STD-810 ratings. Our review of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy Tab Active saw that, despite its rugged build, it actually didn’t fare that well after taking several tumbles, so we’ll be sure to put its second iteration to task in the durability department.
Wrapping up the final details, this model comes with an S-Pen and should you hit the ceiling of its 16GB internal storage offering, sticking a microSD card inside will alleviate that issue. The Active 2 also features user-replaceable batteries, so you can swap it out should you purchase a spare.
You’ll be able to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 today, though we’re checking in with Samsung as to exactly where it’ll be sold. After the LTE variation? You can purchase one at Verizon or AT&T stores, according to The Verge.
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