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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 has a Display that Does Not Belong in 2017

22 October 2017 | Jonathan So

Samsung has recently announced an upcoming addition to its tablets portfolio – the Galaxy Tab Active 2. On paper, this tablet seems to house a commendable list of new and exciting features that befits a tablet released in November 2017, safe for one – its display.

Display that Slightly Disappoints

Samsung has always been known for producing stunning displays on its devices, from its flagship smartphones to televisions. Hence, we can’t help but feel a tad disappointed that the Tab Active 2 comes with a 1280 x 800 display, especially since the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones are equipped with Super AMOLED 2960 x 1440 displays. Hence, it seems that the display for this upcoming tablet is somewhat lacking for a tablet that is released in a year where Samsung has experienced breakthroughs for display resolutions on its devices.

Solid Specs All Around

Apart from its display, the Tab Active 2 sports a flurry of features that tablet users can anticipate.

Increased Durability

Firstly, the Active name attached to this slate is not just for show. This rugged tablet will come with military standard MIL-STD 810G certification for increased hardiness to survive excessive pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration, and drops. It also has an IP68 rating for protection against water and dust. With an IP68 rating, the device is able to escape unscathed when submerged in up to nearly 5-feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

Powerful Core to Enhance Overall Performance

Powering the Tab Active 2 is an octa-core Exynos 7870 processor backed by a Mali-T830 GPU. The inclusion of the octa-core processor should translate to smooth performance for various uses including multitasking, gaming, and browsing the Web. The device is equipped with 3GB of RAM with 16GB worth of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD. Combine these specs with the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and you have a productive machine that is more than capable of handling your everyday tasks with ease.

Note 8 Inspired Features

The slate draws inspiration from the Galaxy Note 8 for some of its features, which has also made the Tab 2 Active even more desirable. One of these features is the S Pen support, with an S Pen stylus slotted into the integrated holder on the top of the bumper case. The S Pen stylus provides more versatility in terms of how users can use the tablet. Moreover, the stylus is also IP68 certified which means that is can be used in the rain or survive an accidental drop into the sink.

The slate draws inspiration from the Galaxy Note 8 for some of its features, which has also made the Tab 2 Active even more desirable.

Besides S Pen support, another Note 8 inspired feature on the Tab Active 2 is the facial recognition system. Although the tablet comes with a fingerprint scanner that is embedded in the home button at the front, the facial recognition capability serves as an extra security measure to unlock your device with.

Commendable Battery Life

As Samsung is primarily targeting business users with the Tab Active 2, it goes without saying that productivity is undoubtedly important. Hence, this tablet is equipped with a 4,450mAh removable battery that should be able to easily power your device through the day. Moreover, the device also supports reverse charging, meaning that it can be used to charge up other devices.

Overall, Samsung has done an impressive job with the Tab Active 2. The tablet is expected to go on sale at the end of November 2017 and should be priced in the mid-range category. In the meantime, you can check out other Samsung tablets to give yourself more options.

Galaxy Tab Active 2
From RM 2,109.40 Ruggedised designThe Galaxy Tab Active2 features a firm, non-slip grip even in extreme construction environments while its ruggedised, anti-shock cover is designed to withstand most drops of up to 1.2 metres. Reliable water and dust resistanceMake protection a top priority. The Galaxy Tab Active2 and S Pen are water and dust resistant, with an Ip68 rating, to shield against many of the harsh outdoor challenges that field engineers face and the rigorous pace of indoor office environments, including condensation, accidental spills, and damaging dust. Advanced S Pen ExperienceThe Galaxy Tab Active2 S Pen features accurate pen pressure data for more accurate e-signatures in instances along the logistics supply chain and in wet weather. Air Command grants quick and easy access to useful applications when time is crucial. Convenient biometric authenticationTrusted security measures to facilitate organisational workflow management. Samsung’s biometric authentication includes face recognition to keep one hand free while unlocking your device and fingerprint scanning to guarantee advanced and convenient data protection. Various sensors for AR experienceWith added gyroscope and geomagnetic sensors to enhance user experience, the Galaxy Tab Active2 helps field engineers with site inspection or virtual training and managers with staff safety training by providing in-depth, interactive visual representation of the tasks at hand. Powerful performanceThe Galaxy Tab Active2 features a 3 GB RAM and a 1.6 GHz Octa-core processor powerful enough to provide speedy usage when performing multiple tasks such as real-time data management and on-board navigation. It can also handle AR applications to optimise productivity levels. Enhanced camera functionalityUtilising barcode reading, the Galaxy Tab Active2 with NFC sensor allows you to expedite tasks effectively whether you are in logistics supply chain or the transportation industry. An improved 8 MP AF rear camera and a 5 MP front camera enable identification and passport scanning when completing identification checks. Replaceable battery powerLong-lasting power to handle the pressure of deadlines. With its easily replaceable, durable battery, the Galaxy Tab Active2 delivers seamless usage for long periods while offsite. The battery is backward compatible with Galaxy Tab Active so you can avoid the cost and hassle of frequent upgrading. Improved Pogo Pin CompatibilityThe built-in Pogo Pin eliminates the need for pairing and provides convenient charging at compatible docking stations without damaging USB Type-C connectors. The Pogo pin\\'s compatibility with Galaxy Tab Active can reduce replacement of accessories. Connect your keyboard with the new additional pins for data signals to replace your PC experience. Samsung KnoxReliable protection to steer day-to-day operations well away from incriminating intrusion. Samsung Knox 2.8 is a multi-layered, defense-grade mobile security platform that utilises fingerprint recognition to safeguard your device at multiple levels and ensure sensitive client data avoid ending up in the wrong hands. Purpose-built Device CustomisationEasy and cost-effective mobile solutions to manage your device for unique business needs. Knox Customisation offers professional kiosk mode, UX optimisation, device configuration, rebranded software that allows businesses to customise and deploy end-to-end mobile solutions*.

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