Samsung has announced another version of the Galaxy S20: the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition, which promises an "operational military smartphone". It was developed for a slightly different customer base than the previously released S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra or even the mmWave S20, which is only available from Verizon.
Despite the great military branding and aspirations, the S20 Tactical Edition is practically just a normal S20 phone with some additional software features and security options in a sturdy Juggernaut case. From a hardware perspective, the Tactical Edition offers identical specifications with a 6.2-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 865, 12 GB RAM, 128 GB memory, 5G support under 6 GHz and a triple rear-view camera system.
According to Samsung, the Tactical Edition “meets the special needs of military operators” by offering additional software functions. This includes a night vision mode that turns off the display so you won't be dazzled when you wear night vision glasses, and an option to unlock the phone in landscape orientation (which honestly sounds like something that Samsung should also offer the regular S20). There is also a dramatically named "stealth mode" that promises to "disable LTE and mute all RF transmissions for complete off-grid communication" and sounds like a renamed airplane mode.
Perhaps the most amusing thing is when Samsung shows military users the usefulness of DeX. The company argues that PC emulation mode means that "operators can use the device to fill out reports, trainings, or plan missions in-vehicle or back in-vehicle."
Samsung also relies on its Knox security system (which has a dual encryption system called DualDAR) that meets the U.S. government's various security standards for secure data. However, it does not differ drastically from what is already offered for consumer and corporate S20.
As you can imagine, the S20 Tactical Edition is not sold to consumers. It will only be available to "select IT resellers" later in the third quarter, with no price or exact release date.