Xplore updates Xslate R12 rugged tablet with Kaby Lake options
Texas-based manufacturer Xplore specializes in rugged tablets designed for professional use where reliable operation under harsh outdoor conditions is paramount. The company has announced that its Xslate R12 tablet will begin shipping with Kaby Lake CPUs up to the Core i7 vPro series starting this May. Additionally, a more affordable SKU will also be made available with the slower Celeron 3865U if a Core ix CPU is not needed.
Like the previous models in the Xslate R12 series, next month's refresh will include a magnetically mounted Bluetooth keyboard and a removable 45 Wh battery back. The chassis passes MIL-STD-810G, IP54, and CID2 standards for water, dust, and drop resistance. Its 12.5-inch FHD touchscreen is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 and includes active stylus pen support. More notably, its backlight promises a brightness of up to 800 nits for easy outdoor visibility. For comparison's sake, the latest 2017 iPad 9.7 tablet provides a maximum brightness of "only" around 500 nits.
The Celeron-based Xslate R12 will start at around 2160 Euros while the higher-end SKU with the Core i7-7600U will start at 3100 Euros.