Dell’s new rugged tablet is designed to be able to take a beating


Windows tablets aren’t exactly the most popular devices out there, but for niche markets like the ones for rugged tablets, anything will do. That’s why Dell will probably find a lot of success with the new Latitude 12, an impressively powerful tablet that’s designed to be able to take a beating. Meant for use in dangerous or otherwise extreme conditions, this Windows 8.1 tablet will run you a minimum of $1,600.

The latest addition to Dell’s Rugged line of rough-and-tough computers is the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet: a burly device that’s designed to be used by anyone from the emergency services to “adventurers” and industrial workers. The company says the device can survive “water spills, sand and dust, drops from over four feet and extreme temperatures,” while a maximum battery life of 12 hours and options for mobile broadband and dedicated GPS mean that users don’t have to be near a Starbucks to get some work done. The Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet features a 11.6-inch touchscreen that works fine with gloves and comes with Dell’s Direct-View technology for better readability outdoors. There’s also a fifth generation Intel Core M processor (chosen for battery life rather than power), SSD storage of up to 512GB, and as much as 8GB of RAM. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 and offers an optional full-size keyboard cover (with its own dust and water resistance rating of IP-65), as well as dock accessories for desks and cars. Essentially, this is a Microsoft Surface you could knock someone out with.

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