IFA 2017 | Dell rolls out the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet

Dell revisits the ruggedized Windows tablet with the new Latitude 7212. (Source: Dell)
Dell revisits the ruggedized Windows tablet with the new Latitude 7212. (Source: Dell)
Dell has launched its second-generation ruggedized Windows tablet. The 11.6-inch Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet is the sequel to the 7202 and is both lighter and more powerful.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Dell has taken the covers off its latest ruggedized Windows tablet. Centering on an 11.6-inch 1080p display, the Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet is designed specifically to be taken into the field and complies with the military standard MIL-STD-810G. This means you can throw a lot more at this device than you can most tablets, including blowing rain, blowing sand, high altitudes and humidity. It can even withstand being frozen and thawed, making it suitable for researchers based in far flung corners of the world through to engineers working on major infrastructure projects. Tested to withstand repeated drops, its ruggedized exterior can even take an operating drop from 36-inches.

The sequel to the Latitude 7202, the new model improves on the original in terms of both its portability and performance. While the 7212 is still quite chunky, it is 27 percent lighter than the 7202 at 2.8 pounds. Performance gets a big boost jumping from Intel Core M processors in the 7202 to a choice of 7th-generation Intel Core-i and Core-i VPro chips in the 7212. These can be matched with either 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM and SSD storage options up to 1 TB. Users can have their 7212 configured with Windows 10 Pro 64 or Windows 10 Pro with Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) downgrade.

The extra depth of the Latitude 7212 also means that its replaceable battery packs are quite generous in capacity with options for 2-cell 34Wh or 26Wh primary and secondary batteries. Hardwired connections included a single USB 3.0 Type-A port and a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port that supports power and display output. In addition to a standard audio jack, there is support for a contactless smartcard reader and optional micro serial RS-232. Accessories include a rugged desk dock, rugged vehicle dock and the pictured keyboard.

The Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet is available in the US from August 29 priced from US$1,899 and comes with both Wi-Fi-only and 4G variants. Pricing and availability in other markets was not available at the time of writing. 



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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-08-30 (Update: 2017-08-30)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.