Samsung is adding two new rugged devices to its portfolio – the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro and the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro. Both target the use of enterprises and front-line workers who defy harsh conditions. The physical buttons on the phone and tablet can be programmed for a variety of tasks such as sending emergency SOS messages or enabling the wireless calling function.
Both devices feature a military-grade design and come with MIL-STD-810H certification that covers everything from exposure to water and high temperatures to extreme vibrations and high-altitude operations. Notably, these two devices are also the first two rugged 5G-ready devices in Samsung’s portfolio, which is a neat addition. A Wi-Fi 6E upgrade is also part of the package, but no satellite connection in tea iPhone 14 series.
Samsung doesn’t reveal the type of processor, instead just noting that it’s based on a 6nm manufacturing process. The maximum onboard storage is 128GB, but micro memory card slot Allows storage to be expanded by an additional terabyte. Another neat feature of the two durable devices is a replaceable battery, and there’s also the option to charge via pogo pins.
Going further, Samsung is also offering a battery-free boot mode for the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro. In scenarios where the battery temperature becomes a cause for concern, it can be taken out and the device will still work as normal, as long as it is connected to a charging port.
The Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro and Galaxy XCover 6 Pro can also be used as point-of-sale counters and, thanks to the in-house Knox system, can be deployed for barcode scanning in warehouses. For the tablet, Samsung promises three OS upgrades, while the Galaxy X Cover 6 Pro will get four Android version updates, matching the strategy Samsung has set for its flagship phones. Both devices will also get five years of security updates.
Phone and tablet come with an accessory IP68 certified bodyThis means that they can survive immersion in water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. Keep in mind that the endurance claims only cover fresh water, not salt water sources like the sea, which also applies to wearables like Apple Watch Series 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.
The Galaxy XCover 6 Pro’s display is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus+, which is said to be able to withstand drops from 1.5m heights, while also promising to be highly scratch-resistant. On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro goes along with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that promises drop protection from a maximum height of 1 metre.
For scenarios where the screen is wet, or when protective gear is necessary, the improved touch sensitivity feature comes in handy – as long as the gloves are 2mm thick or less. Notably, the S Pen that comes with the tablet sits in its own silo and is also IP68 rated. Depending on the market, Samsung may or may not ship the device with a charger in retail packaging.
The Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro is now available starting at $650 for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is available from storefronts for Samsung and Amazon customers, as well as through IT channel partners. For the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro, Samsung has not revealed the price yet, but it will be more widely available via carrier partners from October 2, 2022.