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Samsung touts enterprise uses for Tab Active and Knox

Matt Hamblen | Sept. 12, 2014
Samsung is using the stage at this week's Super Mobility conference to promote its upcoming Galaxy Tab Active rugged tablet, its Knox security and management software, and even its Gear VR headset to enterprise users.

Samsung is using the stage at this week's Super Mobility conference to promote its upcoming Galaxy Tab Active rugged tablet, its Knox security and management software, and even its Gear VR headset to enterprise users.

The Galaxy Tab Active, first announced at this week's IFA conference in Berlin, is described as a standard Samsung 8-in. tablet with some promising rugged add-ons for use in warehouse and field work.

The device can run for 10 hours using a removable 4,450 mAh battery. To get to the battery, a user snaps off a rugged case, then pops off the back cover.

Samsung officials say the device can withstand a 4-foot drop from waist height and is water resistant. The 8-in. display is WXGA LCD. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 1.5 GB of RAM.

Galaxy Tab Active runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung hasn't disclosed its plan to upgrade to Android L, which could launch as early as November. Nor has Samsung given a price tag or shipping date for the tablet; more details are expected to come in October.

The Active feels heavy at 13.86 ounces, a weight that doesn't include the rugged case that Samsung showed with the tablet. But that's to be expected in a rugged device.

Overall, the tablet measures 8.4 x 5 x 0.38 inches without the rugged case.

The device includes two — a 3.15 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera. The rear camera spec is not consumer grade, but well within the needs of warehouse operations. A C-Pen stylus slides into the top edge and can be used as an alternative to touch controls for workers wearing gloves.

Samsung said it also plans to add a docking station for charging multiple Active tablets. There is also a more rugged pogo pin charging port on the left side. Workplace apps are being developed for the device by both SAP and Citrix. Active also supports Knox 2.0 security and management software from Samsung.

Samsung's new Gear VR virtual reality headset might sound more like a gaming device, but Samsung officials told reporters and analysts that it also has real workplace value.

Officials said the headset could be a useful tool for surgeons prepping for real-world surgery, or for training police in tactics. One airline is investigating the value of using the Gear VR as a tool to give passengers a quick glimpse of how the first class cabin will soon be upgraded.

Gear VR uses the new 5.7-in. display Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung as its display and processor.

The Note 4 clips inside the headset, which then attaches to a person's head with straps. In a brief demonstration with reporters, Samsung provided a world tour via Note 4 that offered vivid video of a helicopter ride over New York City and other scenes.

 

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