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Samsung’s new rugged tablet arrives in the US for $420

Samsung’s new rugged tablet arrives in the US for $420

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Samsung is bringing its latest rugged tablet to the US, with an eye toward selling it to companies that send workers outdoors, to industrial locations, or to areas with bad weather. The Galaxy Tab Active 2 (Samsung styles with as “Active2” — I don’t know why) was announced last year and went on sale in select markets at first, but it’s now available in both Wi-Fi and LTE configurations in the US, selling for $420 and $520.

The Active 2 is an 8-inch Android tablet with mostly forgettable specs: an unnamed octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable by Micro SD), and Android Nougat. Its resolution is also relatively low res, with a 1280 x 800 display. That said, the low resolution should combine with the tablet’s large 4,450mAh battery for pretty solid battery life. It also has USB-C.

The whole thing is rugged, providing dust, water, and shock resistance. Android’s home keys are all physical buttons here, so the tablet can be used with gloves. And the screen is supposed to remain operational even while wet. The tablet also comes with an S Pen, which is water and dust resistant too. The LTE model will work on Verizon and AT&T; they’re all supposed to go on sale today.

Correction March 20th, 12:54PM ET: The LTE model will not be sold through Verizon and AT&T, but will be available on their networks.