You may be aware of enterprise-grade smartphones which are designed for use on construction sites and other environments where they could take a knock or two, but what about military-grade? Well Samsung just unveiled one in the form of the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition.
Unlike some of the gimmicky ruggedised offerings that the South Korean firm has introduced int he past, this new offering is purpose-built for use by the army. The United States Army in particular, with it featuring specifications that meet its requirements, along with that of the government.
While we’ll likely never get the chance to use such a device, given that it is designated for the IT channel instead of regular retail outlets, there is some rather interesting tech baked into the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition.
It features two layers of encryption for example in order to provide secure connectivity when reaching for tactical radio installations, along with being able to handle sensitive data, according to Samsung.
“Galaxy S20 TE offers federal program managers and executive officers an easy to manage and deploy mobile solution that works with a broad range of technologies and is backed by the assurance of the defense-grade Samsung Knox mobility platform. It harnesses the most sought after tools of Samsung’s premium Galaxy devices in a unique, easy-to-use configuration,” the company explains.
Added to this is support for 5G and private SIMs, as well as a display that can cater for night vision eyewear, RF broadcasting for off-grid comms and NSA-certified compliance.
One thing that is missing though is the IP-rating, which we’d like to assume is above the civilian-standard 68 for waterproofness and dust resistance.
As for the other elements it’s fairly comparable to the standard Galaxy S20, with an octa-core Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage, 6.2″ WQHD+ display and 4 000mAh battery.
There is no mention of pricing for such a device, or indeed which regions it will be available in outside of the US, but it does look interesting enough to try out, or at the very least test for its security capabilities and design strength.