26 May 2020
Samsung has unveiled a new Galaxy S20 variant called Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition aka Galaxy S20 TE. It is essentially a rugged smartphone but with features and software optimizations aimed at defense customers. The phone is claimed to be compatible with various existing peripherals and also "supports the requirements of tactical and classified applications".
The Galaxy S20 TE will offer multiple communication methods including Private SIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and CBRS. It will also work with tactical radios and mission systems out of the box. It comes loaded with Samsung's own security platform called Knox that we have also seen with standard phone models.
There is a Night Vision mode that will help users see the phone's display even when they are wearing night-vision goggles. It is a mode that can be enabled or disabled manually at any time. Another mode mentioned in the blog post is Stealth Mode which seems similar to the Airplane Mode. It will simply disable LTE and mute all RF broadcasting for a steal conversation.
The special variant comes with DualDAR architecture that provides two additional layers of encryption for safety and security purposes. Samsung claims that the phone complies with NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSFC) Component’s List and Mobile Device Fundamental Protection Profile (MDF PP) as laid out by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). It further follows the Android 10 Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) issued by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
As of now, we have no idea about Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition pricing and availability details. It is for sure that the phone will not be sold to general consumers Samsung is targeting select IT channel partners from government agencies. Other than the features mentioned above, the phone offers exactly the same specifications as the standard Galaxy S20.