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CRN's 2018 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach




Aimed at verticals including manufacturing and transportation, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active2 is a rugged 8-inch Android tablet that is the first LTEenabled tablet from the company to be sold exclusively by the channel. The Tab Active2 is water- and dust-resistant and meets a variety of military ruggedness standards, while also enabling use with many types of gloves. The Tab Active2 offers high brightness on the display of 480 nits, as well, along with a removable battery for extending the tablet’s battery life. “The Galaxy Tab Active2 has increased durability for optimal usage on nearly any job site,” said Marco Nielsen, vice president of managed mobility services at Norcross, Ga.-based Stratix, in an email. “Adjacent technologies with vendors like ScanIt make the Tab Active2 a strong play for multiple use cases.”

Finalist: Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 

Dell’s Latitude 5290 2-in-1 tablet weighs just 2.64 pounds with its keyboard, offers up to quad-core Intel Core processors, and has both USB-C and USB-A ports. The tablet also includes a highly adjustable kickstand. For the 12.3-inch display, the tablet features FHD resolution and Gorilla Glass 4 for durability.

Finalist: HP Elite x2 1013 

HP Inc.’s Elite x2 1013 stands out from other 2-in-1 tablets by offering advanced security capabilities such as HP Sure Start selfhealing BIOS and the Sure View integrated privacy screen. The 13-inch tablet also features eighth-gen Intel Core vPro processors and a keyboard with dedicated keys for launching meetings.

Finalist: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet, Third Gen 

Lenovo’s latest X1 Tablet has been redesigned to have a 13-inch display, compared with the 12-inch display of the previous version. The display features 3,000 x 2,000 resolution and includes Gorilla Glass for durability while offering up to 9.5 hours of battery life—as well as a sturdy detachable keyboard.

Finalist: Microsoft Surface Go 

At 10 inches, the Surface Go is Microsoft’s smaller and more affordably priced addition to the Surface lineup. The display resolution on the Surface Go is 261 pixels per inch—on par with the Surface Pro—while the tablet promises up to nine hours of battery life.

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Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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