Samsung Australia said that the ruggedized Galaxy Tab Active would launch at the end of 2014, after unveiling it during the IFA conference last September. While no such launch arrived, Australian users can now look forward to seeing Samsung’s first water-resistant tablet in their home country.
Today, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab Active for Australian consumers. The device features an 8-inch, thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) with an HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, similar in its display resolution to the Galaxy Tab 4 and bearing a display that can be found on the Galaxy S4 Active, the first Galaxy smartphone to feature water and dust resistance before the arrival of the Galaxy S5 in 2014.
The Galaxy Tab Active features a 1.2Ghz, quad-core processor (which the source believes to be Exynos). The Galaxy Tab Active, already unveiled in other countries worldwide such as the UK and US, feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
It’s not uncommon for Samsung to release the same device in two different parts of the world with two different processors; for an example, we need only look to the Gear S smartwatch, which utilizes a Snapdragon 400 processor in the US, for example, but an Exynos 3250 processor in other countries.
The Tab Active also comes with IP67 water and dust resistance, which means that it’s somewhat element-resistant. The Tab Active houses a 4,450mAh battery that Samsung promises will provide 11 hours of battery life, not to mention a “C Pen” that, yes, provides a somewhat “Note Tab”-like experience to the device. A 1.2MP front camera and 3.1MP back camera won’t provide the best photography experience, but Samsung says that its autofocus is good for barcode scanning.
Last but never least, Samsung’s own Knox 2.0 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat will provide the enterprise security that many desire in a world where corporations continue to push “BYOD” (bring your own device) programs. Rounding out the Tab Active is the 16GB of memory storage, microSD card slot that expands the memory up to 64GB, and 1.5GB of RAM for some slight multitasking. Samsung Australia has yet to provide AUS pricing for the tablet.
If you’re dying to see what the Tab Active is like, we’ve held it in our hands and can help you with your buying decision.