Dell unveils Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet

Device marks vendor's first foray into market of ruggedised tablets

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Dell unveils Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet The tablet features an 11.6-inch Direct-View outdoor-readable HD display
By  Tom Paye Published  August 3, 2015

Dell last week unveiled the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, the vendor's first foray into the market of ruggedised tablets designed to operate in harsh environments.

The tablet features an 11.6-inch Direct-View outdoor-readable HD display with glove-enabled multi-touch capabilities. It also comes with a fourth-generation QuadCool thermal management system. Dell claimed that the device can provide up to 12 hours of battery life, with two two-cell hot-swappable batteries.  

Other rugged features include a durable pogo-pin docking interface for modular component expansion when needed. And the optional full-size keyboard cover for the tablet has a customisable RGB backlight and an IP-65 rating to protect against water and dust intrusion.

Other than that, the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet boasts some pretty powerful specs worthy of any high-end tablet. It packs a fifth-generation Intel Core M processor, and SSD storage available up to 512 GB. It also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. Dell added that the device comes with plenty of support options.

"Dell Rugged devices are critical to many industries including military, emergency response, public safety, industrial work, scientists and even adventurers. It's important for Dell's Latitude Rugged devices to provide superior computing power and the mobile capabilities they require to accomplish their jobs," said Drew Moore, executive director and general manager, Rugged Mobility Products at Dell.

"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."

The new device joins Dell's expanding line-up of rugged products, including the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme flip-hinge convertible notebook, the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook and the Latitude 14 Rugged notebook.

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