Samsung brings its professional new rugged tablet to the US

Samsung brings its professional new rugged tablet to the US
Samsung is already selling quite a few Android tablets in the US, including several high-end S models, a couple of A-series mid-rangers, and even a gargantuan Galaxy View 2, but soon enough, a different kind of slate will also be made widely available stateside for a very specific type of customer.

Initially unveiled early last month, the Galaxy Tab Active Pro is technically already up for grabs in the US, but you can currently only get it through the company's IT reseller partner channel. An LTE-enabled version is also coming on November 15, but although Samsung had no exact release schedule to share, it did tell The Verge the rugged tablet will properly go on sale online... eventually.

When it does, you should expect to be charged no less than 600 bucks on Samsung's official US e-store, with the cellular-capable model priced at $80 more and compatible with all big four carriers. While the Tab Active Pro is certainly no mainstream iPad Pro rival, packing an upper mid-range Snapdragon 670 processor rather than the state-of-the-art Snapdragon 855 SoC inside the Galaxy Tab S6, the muscular new 10-incher has a few things going for it that you can't often get at "just" $600.

Namely, "military-certified ruggedness" that means drops from a height of up to 1.2 meters shouldn't cause any visible damage as long as you keep the included protective cover on. Said cover also comes with a dedicated S Pen slot, and alongside DeX support, that's obviously supposed to boost your productivity while working in harsh environments or simply traveling a lot.

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro is specifically marketed as "purpose-built for workers in industries such as manufacturing, transportation and public safety", its overall respectable spec sheet makes it an interesting choice for everyday consumers looking for something that can take an occasional beating as well. 

We're talking 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage space, a 7,600mAh battery purportedly capable of keeping the lights on for up to 15 hours between charges, a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, fingerprint recognition, USB Type-C connectivity, pre-installed Android Pie software with a 3-year security patch guarantee, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front shooter.

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