Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Takes Tablet to Extremes

Dell Latitude 12

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Lightweight. As slender as a pencil. Able to stream whole seasons of TV shows.

A lot of tablet makers talk about their products’ lightness, slenderness or functionality, but Dell is taking a different approach: toughness.

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The company says its new tablet, the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, is durable enough to survive the harshest environments, made “specifically for users requiring a tough yet flexible device to take with them on-the-go.”

Drew Moore, executive director and general Manager, Rugged Mobility Products at Dell, says in an official news release:

“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.

“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.”

Dell says the Dell Latitude 12 comes pre-packaged with Fourth Generation QuadCool thermal management along with Fifth Generation Intel Core M processors. The Rugged tablet has up to 12 hours of battery life with a pair of 2-cell batteries.

It carries an IP65 rating which means it’s protected against dust and small jets of water, Tech Radar says.

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The website says the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged was tested using “MIL-STD-810G specifications to survive four-foot high drops, vibration, shock, high temperatures, high altitude, salt fog, explosive environments and solar radiation.”

The tablet features solid-state storage up to 512GB and connectivity anywhere with 802.11ac WiFi as well as an optional mobile broadband and dedicated GPS.

It also includes a durable pogo-pin docking interface for modular component expansion as well as the ability to pair with a desk dock, vehicle dock or keyboard.

Dell, which is based in Texas and employs 103,000 people, had previously unveiled a number of other Rugged devices, including the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme flip-hinge convertible notebook. The company also released the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook and the Latitude 14 Rugged notebook.

The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged is now available and sells for $1999, significantly less than the ToughPad, Panasonic’s entry into the durable tablet arena.

You may not be in the military or an emergency responder. But if your small business requires you to sometimes take your tablet into inhospitable conditions, this device might be one to consider.

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Tom Coombe Tom Coombe is a staff writer for Small Business Trends and has been a professional writer for over 15 years, spending most of that time covering news in the Lehigh Valley. He's worked as a reporter for the Allentown Morning Call and an editor for AOL's news service. Tom has also freelanced for WFMZ, the Produce Marketing Association and a number of other publications.

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  1. There is a niche for this. In fact, I think there is that casing for iPhone called lifeproof for cases like this. I guess it is better if the durability is built in so that you know that the device will be able to withstand pressure.