The Sweden-based electronics company Handheld Group has announced a new rugged mobile computer called the Algiz 10X. This device is aimed at those who work in extreme environments including the military, logistics, transportation, and medical sectors.
Measuring 10.8 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches and weighing 2.9 lbs, this device does not market itself as an ultraportable ruggedized tablet. Neither should consumers expect for an experience similar to more popular Android- or iOS-based devices in terms of its usage. For one thing, this tablet runs on Windows 7 operating system, but is likewise ready to support Windows 8 when it arrives. Furthermore, it is packed with a single-touch resistive instead of a capacitive touchscreen. This means that multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom, spreading, or panning will not work on the Algiz 10X.
Its main feature, however, is its ability to function despite harsh conditions. For instance, the tablet has an operating temperature of as low as 20 °C to as high as 60 °C, as per MIL-STD-810G Method 502.5 Procedure II. It may be stored in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 60 °C, according to MIL-STD-810G,
Method 501.5, Procedure I; MIL-STD 810G, Method 502.5, Procedures I & III. The tablet furthermore can withstand 26 drops from a height of 4 feet based on MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.6, Procedure IV. It is also resistant against sand and dust as per IP65, MIL-STD-810G, and water, as per IP65, MIL-STD-810G. It is protected against humidity, high altitudes, and vibrations, as well.
This tablet runs on a Intel Atom N2800, 1MB L2 cache, 533MHz processor with a CPU speed of 1.86g GHz. It boasts of 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 64GB to 128GB solid state disk for storage. Its WXGA sunlight-readable “MaxView” LCD screen has a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and comes with LED backlighting plus an ambient light sensor. The tablet is also encased in a plastic housing with rubber bumpers for further protection. A 5-megapixel Camera with LED flash is onboard, as well, along with USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, RJ45 port, audio in/out, speakers, and a docking connector. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS are among the connectivity options that it offers.
This tablet is expected to hit the market in January 2013. Its price remains to be known.