Galaxy Tab Active 5 Launches with S Pen, Wi-Fi 6 and No

Samsung‘s got something new. It’s not just the Galaxy Xcover 7. They’ve also rolled out a fresh rugged Android tablet. Meet the Galaxy Tab Active 5. It’s a mid-range rugged tablet, designed for those who work in challenging environments. Field and frontline workers, this one’s for you. It’s hitting the market later this month.

So, what’s the Galaxy Tab Active 5 like? Well, it’s compact. It measures 126.8 x 213.8 x 10.1mm and weighs in at 433 grams. But don’t let its size fool you. Samsung didn’t skimp on ruggedness. It’s got a MIL-STD-810H military standard build. It can withstand drops of up to 1.8 meters, thanks to the bundled protective case. And the case? It’s got a holster for the S Pen. Nice touch, Samsung.

Speaking of the S Pen, it’s rugged too. The tablet and the pen both have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. And the display? It’s got a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for extra protection. The 8-inch TFT panel has a WUXGA resolution and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. It even has Touch Sensitivity for better responsiveness in wet conditions or when you’re wearing gloves.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab Active 5 has a 5nm octa-core processor. It might be the same Exynos 1380 that powered the Galaxy A54 and Galaxy Tab S9 FE series last year. The peak CPU speed is 2.4GHz. You can get it in 6GB+128GB or 8GB+256GB configurations, with microSD card support up to 1TB. It’s got Samsung Knox security, Samsung Knox Vault, face recognition, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The chipset supports 5G cellular connectivity. But if you don’t need that, there’s a non-cellular (Wi-Fi) version too. Both versions have Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.3, and NFC connectivity. If you go for the cellular model, you might be able to use two SIMs at once, depending on eSIM availability for your carrier and region. But remember, the tablet only supports one physical SIM.

Here’s something cool. The Galaxy Tab Active 5 can run without a battery. It’s got a 5,050mAh user-replaceable battery that charges via a USB Type-C port or a Pogo Pin. But it can also run in No Battery Mode. This mode bypasses the battery and sends power directly to the device. You’ll need a USB-C power accessory that supports 9V, 2.3A or above, and PD 2.0 or above. It’s a great way to prolong battery life when the device is used non-stop at kiosks or in vehicles.

The tablet has a 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. It can quickly scan barcodes via Knox Capture. And there’s a 5MP selfie camera too. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Dolby Atmos audio, GPS, a customizable Active Key, Android 14, and a bunch of built-in sensors. We’re talking accelerometer, geomagnetic, gyro, light, hall, and proximity sensor.

So, when can you get it? The Galaxy Tab Active 5 will be available in Europe later this month. In Germany, the Wi-Fi version is priced at €479, and the 5G version is €579. In Switzerland, the tablet starts at 449 Swiss Franc (CHF), equivalent to €482 or $528. Samsung hasn’t shared price and availability details for other markets like the US yet. We’ll keep you posted.

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