Product Launch by Luke Jones on Thursday September 04, 2014.
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Samsung launched its mobile devices yesterday at IFA and was focused on other products today (TVs and washing machines for example), but the company had one more trick card up its sleeve. The Korean company sneaked out the Galaxy Tab Active, because, you know, this is Samsung and the company just can?t resist launching products.As the name suggests, the Galaxy Tab Active is a rugged version of a Samsung slate, or as the company put it "Ruggedized," which is in fact a real word. Aside from being able to tackle Mother Nature head on (more on that later), Samsung says the Galaxy Tab Active is actually aimed at enterprise, and there are design touches that reflect that. It has a special version of the TouchWiz UI with businesses in mind, while it also gets a new version of the Note series S Pen in the form of the C Pen, which is basically just a ruggedized (there's that word again) version of Samsung's Stylus. Specs include 8-inch screen is a WXGA LCD (800 x 1200), a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of in device storage, a microSD card slot, a 3.1MP rear snapper, and a 1.2MP front facer. The device also comes loaded with Samsung's KNOX security software, while the company is talking up the 4,450 mAh user replaceable battery that is capable of 10 hours of use. The big talking point here though is the rugged nature of the active. It sports a protective shell that means it can take a bit of a beating when you are in the jungle of business or just the jungle. Samsung says drops of 1.2 meters will see the Tab Active dust itself off and keep working. The device is also waterproof for those sudden downpours as you are leaving a business meeting, although these ruggedizing features don't exactly make the Galaxy Tab Active good looking. In fact, it is a bit of a brute at 393 grams, and measures 213.1 x 126.2 x 9.75 mm. You will be able to get it this fall, although Samsung has yet to reveal exactly how much the slate will cost on arrival.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.