Getac reveals rugged Z710 tablet
On the same day that Panasonic announced updates to its rugged convertible notebook, Getac announced a new rugged tablet, the Getac Z710. The Android-powered tablet features the same military specifications for shock, dust, and moisture that was granted to the Toughbook 19. The 7-inch tablet features Getac’s trademarked LumiBond technology which provides glove-friendly operation for the Gorilla Glass, LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen.
Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, RF pass-through SiRFstar GPS, an HD webcam, and a 5-megapixel still camera. The tablet is also capable of scanning barcodes and reading RFID chips. With ruggedness in mind, the Z710 is certified to withstand drops from up to six feet and exposure to dust and liquid. The tablet is capable of operating in extreme temperatures ranging from -4oF to 122oF.
With a weight of just under 2 pounds, dimensions of 8.5 x 5.6 inches, and a thickness of just over 1 inch, the Getac Z710 is not targeted toward the typical tablet consumer. According to Getac President Jim Rimay, “Many field service sectors, such as public utilities, logistics, and automotive, require communications and data capture devices to operate in harsh environments and we designed the Z710 to provide the support these professionals need in the field.”
The Getac Z710 will be available in October and carries an MSRP of $1499 for the base model and $1799 for the 3G model. The tablet includes a three-year, “bump-to-bumper” warranty.
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