Samsung is adding a couple of new rugged devices to its portfolio: the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro tablet and the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro phone. Both are aimed at business use and front-line workers facing 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 walkie-talkie functionality.
Both devices feature military-grade construction and come with a MIL-STD-810H certification that covers everything from water and high-temperature exposure to extreme vibrations and high-altitude operations. Notably, these two are also the first 5G-ready rugged devices in Samsung’s portfolio, which is a nice addition. A Wi-Fi 6E upgrade is also part of the package, but there’s no satellite connectivity like the series iPhone 14.
Samsung does not reveal the brand of the processor, instead just pointing out that it is based on the 6nm manufacturing process. Onboard storage maxes out at 128GB, but the microSD card slot allows for storage expansion by an additional terabyte. Another cool feature of the two rugged devices is a replaceable battery, and there’s also an option to charge via contact pins.
Going a step further, Samsung also offers a battery-free mode of operation for the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro. In scenarios where battery temperature becomes a concern, it can be removed and the device will continue to function as usual. 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 POS counters, and thanks to the internal Knox system, they can be deployed to scan barcodes in warehouses. For the tablet, Samsung is promising three OS updates, while the Galaxy X Cover 6 Pro will receive four Android version updates, matching the strategy Samsung has put in place for its flagship phones. Both devices will also receive security updates for five years.
The phone and tablet come with an IP68 certified body, which means they can survive submersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. Please note that the resistance claims cover only fresh water, and not saline water sources such as the sea, which is also the case for portable devices such as the Apple Watch Series 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.
The screen of the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus +, which is said to be able to withstand drops from a height of 1.5 meters, while also promising high resistance to scratches. The Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro, on the other hand, goes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which promises protection against drops from a maximum height of 1 meter.
For scenarios where the screen is wet or protective gear is required, the enhanced touch sensitivity feature is useful, as long as the gloves are 2 millimeters thick or less. Notably, the S Pen that comes bundled 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 the retail package.
The Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro is now up for grabs starting at $650 for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. It is available at the respective Samsung and Amazon commercial customer stores, as well as through TI channel partners. As for the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro, Samsung has yet to reveal the price, but it will be available more widely through carrier partners from October 2, 2022.