As we move towards a more streamlined, always-anywhere, Cloud-connected computing experience however, it’s becoming more common for users to want to take their hardware into more demanding conditions outside of the air conditioned office … and when it comes to some of the best and most reliable portable workstation solutions that are ideal for industrial designers and mechanical engineers on the go, it’s hard to deny that Dell has consistently delivered over the years.

Today, Dell announced their new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, the company’s first fully rugged Windows tablet designed for performance and reliability in harsh weather conditions including extreme cold, heat, rain.

Of course, these design considerations also translate well over to some of the more demanding indoor conditions such as machining facilities or prototyping shops where dust and heavy tooling may be more commonplace than 27″ monitors and desk toys.

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Featuring a crisp 11.6 inch Direct-View outdoor-readable HD display with gloved-enabled multi-touch capabilities, the tablet also comes pre-packaged with Fourth Generation QuadCool™ thermal management and Fifth Generation Intel® Core™ M processors. With up to 12 hours of battery life from two 2-cell batteries, there’s plenty of on-board power for most users to last between charges.

According to Dell, the device can survive “water spills, sand and dust, drops from over four feet and extreme temperatures,” while an integrated pogo-pin docking interface can be used to hook the tablet up to a more extensive ecosystem including a desk dock, vehicle dock, monitors, and a keyboard and mouse for fine-tuning those SolidWorks drawings.

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“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.

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“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.”

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The tablet is expected to be released at the end of July in the US with prices ranging from $1,600 to $2,000.

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