SAMSUNG HAS ANNOUNCED the Galaxy Tab Active, its first tablet aimed squarely at business customers.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Active is clearly going after Panasonic, touting a "rugged" design complete with IP67 certification, making it water and dust resistant. Samsung boasts that the tablet's anti-shock casing can also tolerate a 1.2 metre drop and extreme temperatures, and houses a robust "C-Pen" stylus.
Interestingly, Samsung says it worked closely with a range of Fortune 500 firms, with advisory group workshops helping to inform the tablet's design.
The Galaxy Tab Active runs Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, complete with Samsung's Knox security software. Samsung has also provided the tablet with enterprise focused featuress, such as a barcode scanner and Hancell Office Suite.
Graham Long, VP of Samsung's enterprise division said, "The enterprise technology landscape has shifted dramatically, driven by the demand for devices that appeal to consumers while being able to cope with the challenging requirements of professional use.
"As a trusted global leader in mobile technology, Samsung clearly understands this and has developed solutions built specifically for enterprise users, with innovative product features and market-leading capabilities to help businesses thrive."
Beyond its enterprise features, the Galaxy Tab Active touts an 8in 1280x800 resolution LCD display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, dual 3.15MP and 1.2MP cameras, optional LTE support, integrated NFC and a 4,450mAh user replaceable battery. There's also 16GB of onboard storage, expandable up to an additional 64GB via microSD card.
Samsung has yet to announce pricing and release date details for the Galaxy Tab Active. µ