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Following on from the Galaxy S9 Tactical Edition, the S20 TE is designed for field operatives from the federal government and Department of Defense.
The handset has undergone a series of changes to make it a piece of military-grade tech. In addition to being packed into a case that looks like it could withstand a nuke, the S20 TE features DualDAR architecture that secures data with two layers of encryption and is based on NSA standards.
With communications being a vital element of a field operative’s work, Samsung says the S20 TE comes with pre-configured software to support tactical radios and mission-critical devices through the use of Private SIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service)—a band of radio-frequency spectrum from 3.5GHz to 3.7GHz that’s reserved for the US Navy, satellite-to-earth communications, and some public use. Additionally, the phone’s drivers support drone feeds, laser range finders, external GPS, and more. It even works when wearing thick gloves.
Other upgrades include a night vision mode that allows users to operate the display while wearing night-vision goggles, and a stealth mode that disables LTE and mutes all RF broadcasting. Samsung also pushed its DeX feature as being ideal for linking to monitors/keyboards when planning or training for missions.
Samsung says the Galaxy S20 TE will be available in the third quarter through its government programs.