The rugged 8-inch Android 7.1 tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 was imported by a few stores in the US last month, but it took until today for Samsung to officially announce the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 in the US: https://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/tablets/galaxy-tab-active2/
The price is $419 for the Wi-Fi only version SM-T390, and $519 for the unlocked 4G LTE version SM-T397 from Samsung’s online store. The benefit of buying these national versions is that you get the maximum support from Samsung North America that you might otherwise not enjoy from the international versions.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 has an 8-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, powered by the octa-core 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 7870 processor and Mali-T830 GPU, with 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. This is a rugged tablet with a IP68 water and dust resistance rating with MIL-STD-810G standard, meaning that it will tolerate quite a lot of water and lots of rain, and also be shock-proof from drops of 1.2 meters.
It also has an integrated Samsung S Pen digitizer, mainly intended for signatures. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2’s (SM-T390 and SM-T397) also has a 5MP front camera, and a 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS,a USB C port, pogo pins for dockings, a fingerprint sensor, and a replacable 4450 mAh battery.
– Tom Bowen