Handheld launches Windows 8-ready Algiz 10X rugged tablet


October 11, 2012

Sweden's Handheld Group has launched a rugged 10.1-inch tablet for field professionals called the Algiz 10X

Sweden's Handheld Group has launched a rugged 10.1-inch tablet for field professionals called the Algiz 10X

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For many mobile workers, tablets are a good choice. When faced with the dust and grit of a construction site, however, or there's a good chance of being subjected to a soaking on a regular basis, many tablet users run for cover ... quite literally. If protecting your existing device with a toughened-up outer case (such as the rather tasty Lifeproof nüüd) doesn't sound like your cup of tea and you'd rather invest in a dedicated rugged tablet, the Algiz 10X from Sweden's Handheld Group might be worth a look.

The Algiz 10X joins a seven-inch tablet and a touchscreen notebook in the same family, and is intended for use by field professionals in geomatics, logistics, forestry, public transportation, utilities, construction, maintenance, mining, military and security. The 10.8 x 6.7 x 1.2 inch (275 x 171 x 32 mm), 2.9-pound (1.3-kg) rugged tablet is IP65-rated (sealed against dust, and can survive an attack from water jets but is not immersion-protected) and meets MIL-STD-810G military standards for dust, water, vibrations, drops (from up to four ft/1.22 meters), extreme temperatures (-4°F to 140°F/-20°C to 60°C) and varying altitudes (up to 15,000 ft /4,572 meters at 73°F/23°C).

It features a 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution resistive touchscreen with the latest generation of MaxView technology, which makes the screen readable even in direct sunlight, and there's a useful keypad to the right side of the screen.

An Intel Atom N2800 dual-core processor running at 1.86 GHz powers the tablet, supported by 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and either 64 or 128 GB of SSD storage, with microSD expansion. Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n WLAN feature, plus it's ready for WWAN Gobi 3000 and comes supplied with a u-blox GPS receiver and WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS capability. There's a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a 38.5 Wh Li-ion battery as standard (with a 77 Wh battery also available), and waterproofed USB, VGA and RS232 ports.

The Algiz 10X currently runs on Windows 7 Ultimate edition but is Windows 8-ready, and will be available from January 2013 for a starting price of US$2,849.

Source: Handheld Group

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Ahhhh.....nice!!!! A $3,000 tablet. Just what I was looking for. Seriously? A dual core Atom processor and 4GB of RAM? Why do manufacturers waste their time making these devices and then pricing them so far beyond what any sensible person would pay? Also, anybody who has owned a tablet knows that they are never going to replace a keyboard = no productivity. I'd give them $450 for it.


for that price they should include a 10mp cam and a full true all purpose gps suite with full waterproofing and an induction style charger system with a shallow finned heat sink shell, especially since most systems being made are using at least a quad core processor with 8 gb of ddr3 ram and a min of 500gb for the hdd. heck while they are at it they should make it expandable and give it a 3W led flashlight for the camera with ir night vision as an option. if they don't put more effort into making it all it can be someone will beat them to it.

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