Samsung launches the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition for use on the battlefield
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Samsung has launched the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition. The new variant of its flagship smartphone is not just a ruggedized Galaxy S20 but one that is specifically designed for deployment by the military in the field. It is also specially enabled for use in classified communications and, as such, is a certified to meet the DISA Android 10 STIG standard that is designed to thwart hacking attempts should it be obtained by enemy combatants. The aim of Tactical Edition is for operational use in assisting with rapid information capture, sharing and analysis using military grade mission apps.
The Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition features a Night Vision Mode – not the type of night vision photography that immediately springs to mind, but rather so it can be used by soldiers wearing night vision headsets. It also features a Stealth Mode and Lock Screen Auto Rotate to provide the type of enhanced usability needed in the theater of war. The remapped Bixby button provides solidiers with the ability to launch/hide military apps such as ATAK, APASS and BATDOK with one-touch. The screen also automatically adjusts its touch sensitivity when it detects the use of gloves.
The Galaxy S20 also includes driver support for tactical field radios, drone feeds, laser range finders and external GPS to give soldiers a comprehensive overview of a mission. Samsung has also developed a range of rugged case solutions, connectors and hubs so it can be made to work with a wide range of tactical kit making it suitable for a wide range of mission types. Naturally, Samsung also touts the camera and video shooting capabilities of the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition which makes it easy for soldiers to capture, record and send intel acquired in the field.
Designed as it is for military purposes, the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition is not available through regular retail channels, but by contacting Samsung directly.