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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 and Galaxy XCover Pro launch with enterprise grade features

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 and Galaxy XCover Pro launch with enterprise grade features

Note: This article was first published on 3 Feb 2021.

Samsung has introduced new devices as part of their Samsung for Business’ portfolio and the Galaxy Tab Active3 and Galaxy XCover Pro both feature a more durable build quality and defence grade security.

According to the company, despite the changes to the economy brought about by Covid-19, certain sectors such as eCommerce and logistics were able to do well. Other like healthcare saw increased demand, albeit for other reasons. To meet the growing need of these sectors for rugged devices that have enterprise-grade capabilities, Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab Active3 and Galaxy XCover Pro are joining their line of business devices.

Samsung says that a survey carried out in 2020 found that 48% of businesses surveyed were using rugged devices and related solutions like Mobile Point of Sale (MPOS), Push to Talk (PTT), and mobile scanning devices. Samsung estimated that by using ruggedised, enterprise-grade devices, these businesses were able to see a 25% reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO) as the technology going into their design enable frontline workers to be more secure, collaborative and productive in the field.

 

Much ado about enterprise-grade features

Samsung Knox at work. Image courtesy of Samsung.

The new devices are durable, slim and light, and have security from Samsung Knox. This is especially important for businesses as a recent study found that 20% of businesses across APAC had been hit by at least seven cyberattacks last year.

Both devices are built to military (MIL-STD-810H) specs. This means they have protection against extreme altitude, humidity, and other severe environmental conditions. An IP68 rating for the tablets and S-pen means they’re also water and dust resistant, capable of withstanding drops of up to 1.5m, even without a case and be submerged in water up to depths of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.

The batteries for both can also be removed while the devices are plugged in and running. This means that in time, should battery issues occur, the devices can still be used plugged in or mounted with power supplied to them.

Whether working in the field or in a healthcare situation, there are times when a user is wearing work or surgical gloves. By activating Touch Sensitivity, professionals can continue using the Galaxy Tab Active3 while wearing gloves so they can stay protected while operating the device.

You can use the devices while wearing gloves. Image courtesy of Samsung.

An upgrade coming in March called Knox Capture will turn the device’s camera into a barcode scanner, with no additional accessories and add-ons required.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3

The Tab Active3. Image courtesy of Samsung.

Whether being used in the office or in the field, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 has Samsung DeX to provide a PC-like experience with its dual-screen functionality.

The replaceable 5050mAh battery supports fast charging through USB and POGO pins. Like we explained earlier, the Galaxy Tab Active3 can be used without a battery for businesses that use tablets in a fixed location like a kiosk or desk.

The 8-inch WUXGA display is powered by an octa-core 2.7GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also supports MicroSD cards up to 1TB.

The Active Key on the side of the device allows instant access to apps or programmes used most often, grants easy access for emergency calls, or scanning or Push to Talk functions.

There is a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera for taking pictures or scanning detailed documents and video or conference calls. There is also NFC support with EMV Level 1 for easy payment.

Samsung calls the Galaxy Tab Active3 the first business-rugged tablet to be Enterprise Edition ready out of the box. With this in mind, it has business-ready services like one year of Knox Suite, three years of market availability, and up to five years of security updates for the Galaxy Tab Active3.

 

Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

The XCover Pro. Image courtesy of Samsung.

Thin and light, Samsung calls their Galaxy XCover Pro, “the most stylish and sleekest rugged all-in-one mobile device on the market.”

Supporting pogo pin charging and compatibility with third-party charging docks ensure that the 4,050mAh battery can get through the day easily. The battery is replaceable for times when more power is needed or if it is damaged and unable to hold its charge.

A 2.3GHz octa-core processor powers the edge-to-edge 6.3-inch FHD+ Infinity Display. It also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and supports MicroSD cards up to 512GB.

The 25MB rear camera and 13MP front camera allows video recording in FHD at 30fps.

Two programmable keys allow users of the Galaxy XCover Pro to tailor their experience with to create custom actions with one click. Users can open the scanner, turn on the flashlight or launch a CRM app all without swiping through apps, scrolling through menus, or even looking at the screen.

Administrators have the ability to easily and quickly secure, deploy and manage mobile devices across a distributed workforce with Knox Suite, and up to two years of security updates for the Galaxy XCover Pro.

 

Pricing and Availability

Scan barcodes using the camera. Image courtesy of Samsung.

The new Galaxy Tab Active3 is now available at a recommended retail price of S$698 and S$798 (including GST) for the Wi-Fi and LTE variants respectively. at Samsung’s telco enterprise partners Singtel, Starhub, M1, as well as authorised distributors Ingram and ACA Pacific.

The Galaxy XCover Pro will be available in March and we will update this article when we receive more information.






















 

Galaxy Tab Active3

Galaxy XCover Pro

Processor

CPU Speed


2.7GHz, 1.7GHz

CPU Type


Octa-Core

CPU Speed


2.3GHz, 1.7GHz

CPU Type


Octa-Core

Display

Size (Main Display)


8.0″ (203.1mm)

Resolution (Main Display)


1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)

Size (Main Display)


6.3” (160.0mm)

Resolution (Main Display)


2340 x 1080 (FHD+)

Technology (Main Display)


PLS TFT LCD

Colour Depth (Main Display)


16M

Technology (Main Display)


PLS TFT LCD

Colour Depth (Main Display)


16M

S Pen Support

Yes 

N/A

Camera

Rear Camera – Resolution


13.0 MP

Rear Camera – Auto Focus


Yes

Rear Camera – Resolution


25.0 MP + 8.0 MP

Rear Camera – Auto Focus


Yes

Front Camera –Resolution


5.0 MP

Rear Camera – Flash


Yes

Front Camera – Resolution


13.0 MP

Rear Camera – Flash


Yes

Video Recording Resolution


UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps

 

Video Recording Resolution


FHD (1920 x 1080) @30fps

 

Memory

RAM Size (GB)


4GB

ROM Size (GB)


64GB

RAM Size (GB)


4GB

ROM Size (GB)


64GB

Available Memory (GB)


48.6GB

External Memory Support


MicroSD (Up to 1TB)

Available Memory (GB)


49.2GB

External Memory Support


MicroSD (Up to 512 GB)

Connectivity

Network


Wi-Fi only or 4G LTE

USB Version


USB Type-C

Network


4G LTE

USB Version


USB Type-C

Bluetooth Version


Bluetooth v5.0

Bluetooth Profiles


A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP

Bluetooth Version


Bluetooth v5.0

NFC


Yes

Wi-Fi Direct


Yes

Wi-Fi


802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4G+5GHz, HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM

Wi-Fi Direct


Yes

Wi-Fi


802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4G+5GHz, HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM

NFC


Yes

Earjack


3.5mm Stereo

Location Technology


GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo

Earjack


3.5mm Stereo

Location Technology


GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo

 

Network


4G LTE

USB Version


USB Type-C

OS

Andriod 10

Andriod 10

Sensors

Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor

Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Virtual Light Sensing

Physical specification

Dimension (HxWxD, mm)


126.8 x 213.8 x 9.9

Weight (g)


429

Dimension (HxWxD, mm)


159.9 x 76.7 x 9.9

Weight (g)


218

Battery

Internet Usage Time (Wi-Fi) (Hours)


Up to 11

Internet Usage Time (LTE) (Hours)


Up to 10

Internet Usage Time (Wi-Fi) (Hours)


Up to 15

Internet Usage Time (LTE) (Hours)


Up to 14

Video Playback Time (Hours)


Up to 11

Battery Capacity (mAh, Typical)


5050

Video Playback Time (Hours)


Up to 11

Battery Capacity (mAh, Typical)


4050

Removable


Yes

 

Removable


Yes

 

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