Dell announces two new rugged laptops

Dell Inc. is rolling out two new laptops designed for use in extreme environments.

The company’s new line of Rugged Extreme laptops include the a 12” screen convertible laptop model and a 14” screen laptop.

Both machines are built with impact-resistant ultra-polymers and sturdy magnesium allow. Dell says the laptops are independently tested to military standards such as: drops of up to six feet as well as; ingress protection; as well as emissions and hazardous material certifications.

At first glance the new Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme looks just like any other ruggedized laptop from the computer and server company.

The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme
The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme

But play a bit with it 11.6” screen and you’ll find that it flips on its frame 180 degrees and folds over the keyboard to turn the laptop into a tablet.

The Latitude 12 is part of Dell’s Rugged Extreme line of laptops designed to survive harsh environments and provide users with a secure mobile computing device “from the boardroom to the battlefield,” as Dell puts it. Also announced today was the larger Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme .

Both models are equipped with batteries that lasts up to 8.5 hours and up to 14 hours, respectively. They also feature fourth-generation Intel Core processors, with solid state storage and discrete graphics options for the Latitude 14. Both models also offer a suite of wireless capabilities, including available mobile broadband4 and dedicated GPS.

The Latitude Rugged Extreme features include the following:

Direct-View outdoor-readable display for productivity in harsh sunlight that reduces glare and reflectivity with less reliance on backlighting (resulting in longer battery life)

Resistive multi-touch on the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme for recognizing intuitive gestures while wearing thick gloves

The industry’s first rugged “flip-hinge” convertible display with the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme

Docking commonality across the Dell Rugged Extreme portfolio, regardless of form factor for cost savings over time

Sealed, customizable “RGB” backlit keyboard enables work in all lighting environments and features an “instant stealth” mode to go incognito

Up to 16GB of memory7 and up to 512GB solid state storage

Full HD webcam with a privacy shutter

Eight megapixel bottom camera with flash on the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme

USB 3.0 and native serial on all Rugged Extreme products with dual serial/RJ-45 on the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme

The Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebook begins at $3,649 and will be available on May 6th. The Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme begins at $3,499 and will be available in mid-May.


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