Since introducing its first Android-powered tablet back in 2010, Samsung has continued to innovate with the Galaxy Tab portfolio, launching models suited to different business needs and environments. Whether you’re looking for a powerful tablet to replace a business laptop, a rugged device to use in the field or an affordable solution to create a digital kiosk or collect data, there’s a Samsung Galaxy tablet designed for the task.

Samsung tablets have are incredibly versatile mobile computing tools, thanks to features such as the S Pen for note taking and Samsung DeX, which lets you use your tablet like a PC while maintaining the ultra-portable form factor.

To help you decide which tablet is right for your business, here’s a breakdown of the entire Galaxy Tab lineup:

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra screen with S Pen overlay

Galaxy Tab S8: Packed with productivity features

The Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra are Samsung’s represent a range of options for multitasking and mobile productivity. Capable of replacing a traditional laptop, the Galaxy S8 Ultra features a 14.5-inch immersive sAMOLED display that’s the biggest Samsung has offered yet, and is larger than most standard laptop displays. The Tab S8, meanwhile, comes in at 11 inches for those who need lightweight portability while still retaining a ton of real estate when it comes to the display itself.

Both the Tab S8 and the S8 Ultra support Wi-Fi 6E, which will ensure you can run high-bandwidth apps and and handle whatever your workday throws at you, wherever there’s a wireless connection. For those whose work requires flexible connectivity on the go, the 12.4-inch Tab S8+ provides 5G that’s faster and more secure than ever before, in addition to Wi-Fi 6E. You can also feel confident these devices will have the processing capability to go the distance, thanks to the Qualcomm 8450 processor.

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Rather than a fixed layout, the Tab S8 line offers four diverse, multiview layouts where the height and width can be adjusted. This makes it easy to create a personalized workspace where you might be taking notes while participating in a video call.

An ultra-wide front-facing camera with auto-faming makes those calls clearer and more professional than ever, as does a three-way microphone with noise cancellation. Samsung has also developed partnerships that seamlessly integrate the Tab S8 range with leading video calling platforms such as Cisco WebEx, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Duo.

All three devices are DeX-compatible, so you can easily create a desktop computing setup just by connecting your tablet to a full-size monitor and keyboard.

An ultra-fast Samsung S Pen — which now has almost zero latency, creating a true pen-on-paper writing experience — is included with all Tab S8 models too, so you can mark up documents by hand, capture signatures and take notes directly on screen. An advanced 2-in-1 Bookcover with the S8 Ultra provides a fully backlit keyboard, with shortcuts to DeX and your favorite apps.

The Tab S8 line also has continuity with other Samsung devices. That means it’s easy to hand off content between your tablet, Galaxy Book, Samsung smartphone and even your Galaxy Buds.

Front and back of Galaxy Tab Active3

Galaxy Tab Active3: The rugged, field-ready solution

Many companies equip their frontline workers with tablets to capture signatures, photos or notes on the go. At times, fieldwork can require employees to work outdoors in thunderstorms, blizzards or other challenging conditions. Fast-paced retail environments provide their own set of challenges.

That’s why Samsung built its lineup of Galaxy Tab Active rugged devices. This series includes Galaxy Tab Active3, which features a military-grade design — tested against the Defense Department’s MIL-STD-810 rugged technology standards, plus an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

Galaxy Tab Active3’s protective hardware can keep the device intact even after repeated drops from 5 feet up. And with enhanced touch mode, Galaxy Tab Active3 allows those in the field to keep their gloves on as they operate the tablet’s buttons. This includes a programmable Active key (on the side of the device), which can launch frequently used apps in a single press.

Those in the field shouldn’t have to worry about staying online, either. Galaxy Tab Active3 ensures reliable connectivity via Wi-Fi 6 and 2×2 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), with LTE-connected models available from major carriers. And the long-lasting, field-replaceable battery — up to 5,050mAh — supports Fast Charging through USB and pogo pins.

Other rugged tablet options include Galaxy Tab Active Pro, which can also withstand volatile environmental conditions, including repeated drops, constant vibration, submersion in 5 feet of water, extreme temperatures, low air pressure and salt fog. Galaxy Tab Active Pro features a large, 10.1-inch display, ideal for reviewing elaborate diagrams like construction plans on site.

Galaxy Tab Active3 and Tab Active Pro are both DeX-compatible, allowing field-based workers to dock their tablet to a monitor back at the office to complete their work at a full desktop. Galaxy Tab Active3 devices can also serve as durable point-of-sale (POS) systems, thanks to their rugged hardware and built-in near-field communication (NFC) capability.

For ease of management, Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition comes with a one-year subscription to Knox Suite, Samsung’s end-to-end toolset of cloud-based mobile management services that allow IT to secure, control and deploy mobile devices efficiently. Discount pricing is available when enterprises renew for subsequent years.

Galaxy Tab A8: The digital workflow enabler

With the right tablets, healthcare facilities can digitize their intake forms, restaurants can streamline their ordering system, manufacturing contractors can ensure they always have the latest plans, and retail shoppers can get immediate answers from self-help kiosks.

Galaxy Tab A8 can help in all these areas, moving your business forward into a paperless digital workflow.

Based on a familiar Android OS — simpler to deploy, configure and manage than PC platforms — Galaxy Tab A8 lets you deploy new tablets without overwhelming your IT budget.

With a 10.5-inch screen and Dolby Atmos sound system, Galaxy Tab A8 is designed for more engaging video calls, training sessions and sales presentations. The front-facing camera will make you feel like you’re in the same room as your customers. Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is nearly as big, with an 8.7-inch widescreen display.

Opting for Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, you gain access to the full Galaxy ecosystem. This makes it easier to share files securely, enjoy a consistent videoconferencing experience and set up hotspots wherever you need them. Expandable storage — such as a microSD storage slot for up to 1TB — gives you everything you need to manage all your important files and content.

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The rest of the Galaxy Tab A lineup, meanwhile, offers dependable performance and long battery life — up to 13 hours on the largest model, Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch. With 4G LTE connectivity on select models, you can trust your tablet will keep you connected.

With Galaxy Tab A 8-inch, Tab A 8.4-inch and Tab A 10.1-inch, you can choose the best blend of portability and screen size for your work environment. The ultraportable 8-inch model can fit into your back pocket, while the 10.1-inch model is preferable for viewing multiple documents at a time.

The model in the middle, Galaxy Tab A 8.4-inch, doesn’t just add a bit more screen space; it also adds the option of LTE connectivity, so you can be productive from anywhere. And if you find yourself needing more storage after purchase, you can make use of the expandable memory slot.

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is another excellent choice if you need to multitask, thanks to its Octa-Core processor and 4GB internal memory. Galaxy Tab S6 Lite even supports more advanced features such as S Pen compatibility — so you can jot down notes, mark up documents and sign contracts by hand.

The right Galaxy tablet for your needs

All Galaxy tablets come with built-in Knox security, as well as optional mobile management solutions that make it easy to manage a whole fleet of devices at scale.

Choosing the best Galaxy tablet for you comes down to which device can best tackle the work you need it for. If you need a powerful laptop-like device with a keyboard, trackpad and DeX compatibility, consider Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+ and S8 Ultra. If you’re working in the field and need something that can handle the heat, Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Tab Active3 are ready to go. Or if you’re looking for an affordable, dependable device to move your business into a paperless future, Galaxy Tab A 8-inch, Tab A 10.1-inch, Tab A7 Lite and Tab S6 Lite can deliver.

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