Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active 5 Rugged Look and Specs Revealed

Samsung officially confirmed it will launch the Galaxy S24 on January 17, training the spotlight on its flagship handsets. Aside from the flagship candy bar smartphones, it could also refresh its line of rugged devices in the coming months. Both the Samsung Galaxy XCover 7 and Galaxy Tab Active 5 continue to appear in leaks, and now, key specifications and official-looking images of the Galaxy tablet have made their way to the web.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 5’s full design has been spotted in marketing images shared by MS PowerUser. What we can easily deduce is how the ruggedized tablet shares a new removable suitcase back cover similar to the Galaxy XCover 7. It also has the same gigantic bezels around the display of its predecessor as well as the physical home keys in front and an extra programmable button.

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An official-looking render of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 5 with a suitcase back cover. / © MS PowerUser

According to the publication, the Galaxy Tab Active 5 retains the IP68 dust and water-resistant certification on top of a MIL-STD-810H military grade rating. The tablet is also drop-proof for up to 1.2 meters with the inbox protective cover.

You will also find an 8-inch LCD screen Full HD+ resolution protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and support for S Pen, catering to your writing and drawing needs. The latter comes with IP68 protection as well, which is comparable to the S Pen on the Galaxy Tab S9 and Galaxy Tab S9 FE series (review). It appears the silo for the stylus is situated on the cover and not integrated into the tablet’s chassis.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active 5 features an IP68-rated S Pen / © MS PowerUser

The Galaxy Tab Active 5 is strangely powered by Android 12 (considering how Android 15 will be released this year) and equipped with an Exynos 1380 SoC that enables 5G connectivity. This is the same chipset that powers the Galaxy Tab S9 FE and Galaxy A54 (review). Memory configurations include 4/64 GB and 6/128 GB with both offering microSD card expansion. Meanwhile, the 5,050 mAh battery is replaceable and it has POGO charging in addition to USB-C.

What about its cameras? The rear has a single 13 MP camera capable of 4K video recording. The front-facing is a 5 MP snapper which features 1080p video and face recognition. There is also a fingerprint scanner integrated within the main home key.

It’s unknown when the Galaxy Tab Active 5 will be unveiled and how much it will cost when launched. A good reference point would be the bigger and more feature-rich Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro from 2022 that was priced at $649. Perhaps additional details will surface in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Which of the Galaxy Tab Active 5 features would you like to see Samsung add to its regular tablets? Do you think a programmable key would be a useful addition? We look forward to your answers.