Samsung Announces the 8″ Galaxy Tab Active 2, Available Later This Month

Samsung Announces the 8″ Galaxy Tab Active 2, Available Later This Month

Samsung has been releasing an active variant of their Galaxy S series of smartphones for a while now but they just recently started this trend with tablets. In 2014, the Galaxy Tab Active was released as a mid-range device with a rugged design and now the company has finally refreshed that line with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2. The refreshed version has twice as much RAM as its predecessor and the company has now switched from a Snapdragon SoC to their own in-house Exynos 7870.

There generally isn’t much activity in the Android tablet space these days but there are some new devices that pop up every now and then. We first heard about the Galaxy Tab Active 2 at the start of this week when some details about the device were leaked by WinFuture. Some of the details from this leak were spot on, but others were slightly off.

For example, the rumor stated that the new tablet would be powered by the Exynos 7880, but instead it is using the  Exynos 7870. So let’s take a look at the official specifications that have been announced.

Display8.0” WXGA TFT (1280×800)
ChipsetSamsung Exynos 7870 @ 1.6GHz
Internal Storage16GB
LTE SupportCat.6 (300Mbps)
Cameras8.0MP AF (rear) + 5.0MP, Flash (front)
SensorsAccelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Wireless ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz+5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, BT 4.2, NFC
Dimension127.6 x 214.7 x 9.9mm, 415g (Wi-Fi)
Battery4,450mAh, User Replaceable
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1
Durability IP68 Water and Dust Resistance, IP68 Water and Dust Resistance, 1.2m Anti-shock with inbox protective cover, MIL-STD-810G
StylusS Pen (IP68 Certified, 4096 Pressure Level, Air Command)
SecurityKnox 2.8
MicroSD SlotYes
Weight419g (LTE)

As you can see, this is a considerable upgrade from the original model which had only 1.5GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 400 SoC running the device. We don’t have an exact release date right now, but Samsung tells us it will be made available in “select markets” in October.

Source: Samsung

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Doug Lynch
Doug Lynch

When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.