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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 unveiled with a drop-resistant case and waterproof S Pen

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Samsung listened to feedback from its customers to create the perfect companion tablet for workers in the field. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 comes with a rugged case that allows it to survive drops from 1.5 meters (5 ft). Even without the case it should live through a fall on a flat surface from 1.2 m (4 ft).

A waterproof S Pen for using the tablet with thick gloves
A waterproof S Pen for using the tablet with thick gloves

IP68 dust and water resistance ensure that it can work in rain or shine. The 8.0” LCD is designed to be operated with gloved hands, but if the gloves prove too thick, then the IP68-rated S Pen can be used to navigate the UI.

The Galaxy Tab Active3 is powered by the Exynos 9810 chipset (aka Galaxy S9/Note9’s chipset). It’s paired with 4GB of RAM and 64/128 GB storage, expandable with microSD cards. The tablet runs Android 10 with DeX mode for a desktop like experience along with the security protections of Knox.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3

Biometric authentication is done with the fingerprint reader or face recognition. There’s a 5 MP front-facing camera for video calling as well as a 13 MP cam on the rear for general photography.

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A desk is not this tablet’s natural habitat. It has a 5,050 mAh battery that can be swapped out by the user on the go. Also, it can be charged in docks thanks to the pogo pins (or using regular USB when available).

Pogo pins for charging on a dock
Pogo pins for charging on a dock

The slate has a “No Battery” mode, which can be toggled from the settings. This allows it to be used as a stationary kiosk without degrading the battery. Third-party add-ons can be used to scan barcodes or add mPOS functionality.

This tablet and the Galaxy Xcover Pro phone will receive three major OS updates, which is an important considerations for business, which typically use equipment longer than consumers.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 is available starting today in select countries in Europe and Asia, availability in other regions will be announced later. There’s a Wi-Fi only version (with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity) as well as an LTE model.

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