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Samsung announces Galaxy S20 ‘Tactical Edition’ w/ military focus, ‘stealth mode’

Samsung has today announced a new product that’s a bit… unexpected. The Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition is a special version of the company’s flagship phone that’s designed to be used in extreme environments, “tailored to the unique needs of operators in the Federal Government and Department of Defense.”

Designed for users in the armed forces, the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition has a specialized design and feature set for those specific needs. The hardware here is based on the base model Galaxy S20, meaning there’s a Snapdragon 865 with 5G support, 12GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a 6.2-inch QHD+ display.

The casing of this Tactical Edition model is huge, but should also be very durable. and Samsung says that the device can “operate seamlessly with a range of existing peripherals and supports the requirements of tactical and classified applications.” Those applications help the phone’s operator to “navigate complex terrain, expansive distances, and the potential loss of communication with command units.”

Some other notable features on this special version of the Galaxy S20 include a “night-vision mode” which turns off the display when the phone’s operator is using night-vision eyewear. There’s also a special “stealth mode” which disables LTE and mutes all RF broadcasting for “complete off-grid communications.” The software is also designed to allow operators to unlock the device while it’s mounted to their chest with common apps available on a single push.

Galaxy S20 TE easily connects to tactical radios and mission systems, out of the box, ensuring seamless operations. Multi-ethernet capabilities provide dedicated connections to mission systems, while network support for Private SIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and CBRS ensure a connection is maintained throughout multi-domain environments.

Galaxy S20 TE caters to the unique needs of military operators, through customization of numerous device features. A night-vision mode allows the operator to turn display on or off when wearing night vision eyewear, while stealth mode allows them to disable LTE and mute all RF broadcasting for complete off-grid communications. Operators can easily unlock the device screen in landscape mode while it’s mounted to their chest, and quick launch their most commonly used apps at the push of a button.

Security is also an important part of the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition. Samsung says that the device offers “military-grade security” which is built around Samsung Knox. “DualDAR architecture” also offers additional layers of encryption.

The Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition will be available in Q3 through “select IT channel partners.” It’s highly unlikely that regular consumers will be able to get their hands on the device.

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