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Samsung is back with yet another one of those milestone tabs. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active has entered the market and has started to make its share of uproar around the community. Probably because this is the first tab with an IP68 water and dust resistant certification. Its resistance to extreme weather conditions makes it a must-have in any adrenaline lover’s kit, especially when you want to share those moments on the go. Now you can share your mountain biking or bungee jumping videos on the journey, instead of waiting around to return home and uploading them. Initially, the Tab Active 2 was rumored to release in the month of November. Samsung, however, pushed up the date to October and without much uproar, released the device among the smartphone community. This goes on to show how confident Samsung is with this product.
As far as tab goes, Samsung has always been kind of an oddball. The Active has an 8-inch display which is unconventional when compared to the standard 7-inch and 10-inch variants. The display type is LCD with an HD resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 189 ppi. Samsung may have capped a bit too much on the ppi part, which may deter some customers, but the utility this device offers are endless. The Active 2 also sports a rugged sporty design which reeks of the work DareDevil. It may have a lot of bezels, but this isn’t a device for those fancy fashion shows. It’s for the daring who push the boundaries that separate life from death. The device also is available in only color variant i.e., black. The company also hasn’t released any information about a different color variant down the timeline.
Under the hood, the juggernaut is powered by the 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 7880 Octa processor and a Mali T-830MP3 GPU. The device will be available in only one variant i.e., 16GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. It will also sport a dedicated microSD slot that can be expanded to 256 GB which is way better than the hybrid sim slot.
Hypothetically speaking, in terms of performance, the Galaxy Tab Active 2 should deliver some pretty good results. The official benchmark test results haven’t yet been released on the internet, but the speculations that we are making are based on other Samsung devices that use the same SoC. Although the performance of the device depends vastly on its optimization RAM and other factors, we are assuming a base score so that the device can be compared to its contemporaries. So far, judging the purpose of the device it seems rather impressive. The device will also have Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box and it not having the Oreo may sadden some of the users. Samsung hasn’t promised any future updates as well, so it’s safe to assume that Nougat is all you going to get.
The Tab 2 Active will come equipped with an 8-megapixel autofocus camera. Now, most tabs sport a pretty devastating camera. Picture quality expectations on a Tab isn’t expected of very highly by the users. The Active 2 however with its 8-megapixel autofocus camera may alter that opinion people have about the tabs. It also comes with a 5-megapixel front camera, so those video calls will appear to be a bit more distinct and enjoyable. Video recording for the rear camera is supported at 1080p@30fps.
A sad news for the community is that the Tab Active 2 will not have a radio, so no tuning into your favorite radio station while you’re traveling. The device supports all the basic codec packages for music and videos as well. For music, it supports MP3, WAV, eAAC+ and M4A formats. For video, it supports MP4, H.264 and FLV formats. The format pool can be expanded by installing a third party video or music player.
The Samsung Tab Active 2 is powered by a non-removable 4450 mAh battery which isn’t that appealing, given that tabs at this range sport way more powerful batteries. The device also has physical buttons which double as a fingerprint sensor and also supports 4G connectivity.
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