Samsung's latest offering here is the Galaxy Tab Active 2, a midrange tablet geared at the prosumer.
At first glance, you might not love it, and you may not think it stacks up well against competing products at the same price point, but that's not really what the Active line is about, it's for people who need the essentials wherever they happen to be. It's ruggedly built, has every waterproofing and dustproofing certification you can think of and is overall a very potent device from the looks of it.
The tablet (product code SM-T390/SM-T395) is evidently geared at corporate customers. It looks a lot like it's predecessor, the Galaxy Tab Active, with a few minor aesthetic changes; it has more rounded corners, a new home button design, and black earpiece.
Now onto the actual components that make up the device, it features the following:
- A 1200x800 (800p) display,
- an 8 core Exynos CPU clocked at 1.6GHz
- 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion slot
- an 8MP rear camera, and 5MP front-facing camera
- a user-replaceable 4450mAH battery
- Android Nougat with Samsung's skin on top
While the specs look respectable, they don't jump out at us as offering stellar, out-of-this-world performance or anything of the sort; but corporate users don't exactly need a lot of horsepower anyway. It should also have great battery life taking into account the fairly low-resolution display and sheer size of the battery cell.
As for other odds and ends, the display of the device evidently reaches a peak brightness level of 480 nits, it's IP68-certified water and dust resistant, 802.11ac WiFi, and an S-Pen. It also features the traditional stuff like USB-C, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.2 support. The battery can also be used to charge other devices.
As with other devices, there is a fingerprint sensor located on the home button, it can also be unlocked with face recognition. It features a notification LED, a geomagnetic sensor, and POGO pins for external accessories. There are both WiFi and LTE models. Pricing will be €500-600, depending on which model you buy, so it's not exactly a budget option: however, if you need a device like this, you need one, and this doesn't seem like a bad option. It's currently already available in The Netherlands, no word on other countries as of yet.
What do you guys think? Would you be interested in grabbing such a device? Let us know in the comments, or post over on the forums with your thoughts.