Dell has extended its Latitude Rugged range of systems designed for work in the field with a tablet based on Intel's 5th Generation Core M processors and a glove-enabled multi-touch screen to enable it to be used in challenging environments.
The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is designed for mobile users who demand performance and reliability in the worst of conditions, according to Dell. It is set to go on sale in the US from the end of July, but Dell has yet to confirm availability in the UK or Europe. Pricing has also yet to be disclosed.
Dell's Latitude Rugged portfolio has until now comprised laptops designed to survive a range of hazards, including water spills, sand and dust, extreme temperatures and being dropped, but the new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is its first fully rugged slate-mode tablet.
The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet has an 11.6in outdoor-readable HD display with glove-enabled multi-touch capabilities, so that users do not have to remove gloves in freezing temperatures or other harsh environments.
It is based on Intel's 5th Generation Core M processors designed specifically to deliver longer battery life for highly portable laptop and tablet systems without compromising on performance, backed by up to 8GB memory and up to 512GB of solid state drive storage.
"Whether it's a first responder to an emergency or an avid outdoorsman scaling an untouched summit for the first time, Dell's Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is built to deliver the performance they need, wherever they need it, without worrying about what their environment throws at them," said Drew Moore, Dell's executive director for rugged mobility products.
The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet has been tested for extreme conditions, Dell said, and is certified to the MIL-STD-810G and IP-810G standards. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
The device comes with 802.11ac WiFi and optional mobile broadband. For security and management, it ships with Intel vPro technology and a trusted platform module, plus it supports encryption of data with Dell Data Protection.
As the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is likely to be operating out in the field away from mains power, it supports dual hot-swap batteries so that it does not have to be shut down when changing power packs. Dell claims a working time of up to 12 hours with twin two-cell batteries.
In line with other devices intended for use in the field, Dell is offering a number of accessories, including a desktop dock, vehicle dock, keyboard cover with kickstand (pictured) and an Extended IO Module that provides two additional USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet LAN connection.
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