After months of leaks, it was finally Samsung’s turn to officially announced their new 8-inch rugged tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 today.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 that was unveiled in October 2017.
Things have improved since then, and even though the tablet looks mostly the same as is has since the first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab Active from 2014, the hardware has improved in most areas with the third generation tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 is actually being launched today too in a few countries around the world. When it gets released in the US, the entry level price will be around $439.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 is an 8-inch rugged tablet with a double layer of protective ruggedness. The waterproof and rugged rating is IP68 with MIL-STD-810H rating, meaning it can withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters with the cover on.
For an 8-inch Android 10 tablet, it has a decent octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor, with 4GB of RAM, options of 64GB or 128GB storage, optional 4G, and a Full HD resolution display at 1920 x 1200.
The Samsung S Pen digitizer is stowed away in a slot on top of the tablet, which makes it easily available even when wearing gloves.
The battery on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 is swappable, but it can be used without a battery too if it’s simply plugged into an adapter or dock instead. The 5050 mAh battery can last for 10 hours.
Other specs are good for an 8-inch Android tablet these days. It has a 5MP front camera, 13MP rear camera with LED flash, USB 3.1, Wi-Fi 6, accelerometer, fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, RGB light sensor, proximity sensor, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, facial recognition, and a fingerprint reader.
Additional security features on this rugged Android 10 tablet includes Samsung’s Knox Suite, while other features includes support for Google ARCore, three buttons on the front of the tablet, a fourth Active Key on the side for shortcuts to apps of your choice, and lots of accessories that will let users integrate it in anything from a truck or delivery van, to fire trucks or metal industries.
The Wi-Fi version (SM-T570) weighs 426 grams, while the 4G LTE models (SM-T575/577) weighs 429 grams. The thickness really depends on what it’s docked into.
– Tom Bowen