Rugged tablets and other mobile devices designed to take a beating in the field are nothing new, but the new Mesa 2 ultra-rugged tablet from Juniper Systems is unique in that it's the first IP68 water resistant rough-and-tumble slate running Windows 10.
While there are other rugged Windows 10 tablets out there, some rugged laptops we've seen recently can be found still shipping with Windows 7 and tough tablets meant for work are often running an older version of Android. But this IP68-rated dust and water resistant slate, running that latest version of Windows, is the first of its kind.
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Juniper Systems says the Mesa 2 can operate in extreme temperatures and is designed to meet military standards. The company bills it as being able to perform tasks that would otherwise require an office desktop computer, though that's something you could say about many mobile devices – including perhaps the smartphone in your pocket. The Mesa 2 has a 7-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 LCD display (a mere 206 pixels per inch).
The tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 4 GB of RAM, an estimated 15-hour battery and 4G LTE radio (essential for its use case of working out in the field). An optional barcode reader and a set of physical buttons including three programmable function keys are also tailored towards its targeted audience.
Juniper Systems says the Mesa 2 is now shipping, but you'll have to contact them for details on pricing and partnerships.
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