If you're planning to hike in the mountains or if your work takes you to locales that are off the beaten path, you may want to bring something a bit more durable than a standard tablet
. That's where Xplore Technologies comes in -- the company just announced its Bobcat, a fully-rugged
Windows 8.1 tablet with MIL-STD 801G certification and IP65 rating.
Despite being rugged and tolerant of things like multiple drops from up to five feet and operating conditions of minus 4F (minus 20C) to 140F (60C) degrees, this silicon-filled slab is relatively lightweight and sleek. It measures 11.05 inches by 7.07 inches by 0.86 inches and weighs 2.4 pounds. That's not bad for a tablet that can take a beating.
"Our goal in developing the Bobcat is to provide our customers with a fully-rugged yet versatile device that can easily transition across a variety of business applications," said Mark Holleran, president and chief operating officer for Xplore Technologies. "On the heels of our recent launch of the XC6 ultra-rugged tablet series, the Bobcat is the perfect complement to our expanding product portfolio. The Windows tablet is the ideal option for those industries that don’t need the complete ultra-rugged capabilities of the XC6 line, but still desire the Windows OS and fully-rugged capabilities that Xplore has perfected."
A standard configuration consists of an Intel Bay Trail E3845 quad-core processor clocked at 1.91GHz powering the 10.1-inch display (1366x768 resolution), 4GB of DDR3L-1333 RAM, and 128GB SSD. It also features a 5MP rear-facing camera, HD front-facing camera, two USB 3.0 ports, Micro SD card slot, Micro HDMI-Out, Micro SIM card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and more.
The Bobcat starts at $2,199 and is backed by a 3-year warranty.