Dell unveils new rugged tablet with British Army seal of approval

Dell has announced the launch of a new rugged tablet which aims to help field services workers thrive whatever the conditions.

The rugged device, called the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet, offers up to 16 GB of memory – double that of previous iterations – a multi-touch glove capable display, as well as a variety of handles and straps aimed at ease of use and comfort for mobile environments.

Dell has a variety of punishing environments to test these devices – as this video shows – from salt fog chambers to thermal testing chambers, with the lowest temperature tested being -29 C (-20 F).

One organisation using Dell’s rugged devices is the British Army, who tested the tablets in Jelebu, Malaysia. Described by Steve Heaword, technical director as “probably one of the most hostile places on the planet”, the Dell was the only product to complete the full set of trials.

“Today’s mobile workforce is not limited to those with desk jobs. Military, public safety, manufacturing, infrastructure, field service, energy and adventure sectors are also increasingly mobile and require a device that they can rely on completely to perform mission-critical functions in extreme conditions,” said Shannon MacKay, vice president of Dell Rugged in a statement.

“The new Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet meets and exceeds those needs with a new lightweight form factor, optimised front of screen experience and best in class performance,” added MacKay. “It also delivers on our commitment to our customers’ requests for a stable and long-life cycle ecosystem.”

The product is available today, with pricing starting at $1,899. You can find out more about the Latitude 7212 here.

Picture credit: Dell

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