BARCELONA: Fujitsu has unveiled a Windows 8.1 Pro Stylistic V535 tablet designed for use in hazardous environments.
The Stylistic V535 is the latest ruggedised tablet from Fujitsu and targets the same market as Panasonic's Toughpad range.
The tablet has been built to the IP65 standard for water and dust resistance, and can function in temperatures of -10°C to 50°C and survive drops from heights of up to 1.8m, according to Fujitsu.
The Windows 8.1 device features an 8.3in WUXGA, 1920x1200 pixels IPS display, powered by an Intel Atom Z3795 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
The Stylistic includes optional support for 4G, and a removable battery that Fujitsu claims offers eight hours of life.
Fujitsu also offers Smart Shell peripherals for the Stylistic V535. These are custom cases designed for "specialised industrial environments" that add features such as barcode scanners, swivel arms and chip and Pin readers.
Joerg Hartmann, vice president of global client computing devices at Fujitsu, expects the Stylistic V535's business focus to prove a key selling point.
"The Stylistic V535 is a breakthrough device, as it means that a standardised tablet - even running Windows 8.1 natively - is for the first time available for industrial environments where consumer-grade devices are prone to rapid failure," he said.
"With a fully ruggedised tablet, Fujitsu is enabling the use of IT in environments that have previously been out of bounds for computing devices since they are likely to get dropped, damp or full of dust - all factors that usually prove fatal to a consumer-grade tablet."
The Stylistic V535 is available to order from Fujitsu now. Prices vary by region, model and configuration.
The launch follows reports that the bring your own device trend is leading many firms to move away from purely business focused devices.
Research carried out by V3 in association with MaaS360 by IBM showed that 57 percent of firms currently support iPhones and iPads, while 52 percent support Android smartphones and tablets.
Check back with V3 later for a hands-on review of the Stylistic V535.
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