Dell has unveiled the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme, the world's first fully rugged convertible laptop that can flatten into a tablet. Alongside the laptop-tablet hybrid, the company has also launched the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook. Both the devices are intended to operate in all extreme conditions.
The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme sports a rugged “flip-hinge” convertible display that rotates within its frame and transforms into a tablet. Both the Latitude 12 and 14 Rugged Extreme are made from impact-resistant ultra-polymers and sturdy magnesium alloy. The fourth-generation QuadCool thermal management enables high temperature performance, while the data protection is taken care by sealed doors and compression gaskets.
“The Rugged Extreme line is backed by the Latitude promise of reliable, secure and manageable commercial PCs and can move easily from the boardroom to the battlefield or wherever the job takes you—an assurance unmatched by the competition.” said Kirk Schell, former officer, US Navyand vice president, commercial PCs, client solutions group, Dell.
The Dell Latitude 12 and 14 Rugged Extreme features a 11.6-inch and a 14-inch resistive multi-touch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels respectively. The devices packs a fourth generation Intel i3/i5/i7 dual-core processor and supports up to 16GB DDR3L RAM and up to 512 GB of solid state storage. The have an array of connectivity options, which includes 4G-LTE (Optional), HSPA+, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI and GPS. Under the hood, you can run Windows 7, Windows 8 or Ubuntu.
Dell Latitude 12 and 14 Rugged Extreme Key Specifications
- Windows 7, Windows 8 or Ubuntu
- 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768, resistive multi-touch display (Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme)
- 14.0-inch, 1366 x 768, resistive multi-touch display (Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme)
- 4th generation Intel i3/i5/i7 dual-core processor
- Up to 16GB DDR3L RAM
- Up to 512 GB of solid state storage
- FIPS 140-2 compliant Trusted Platform Module (TPM1.2)
- Full HD webcam with a privacy shutter
- 8-megapixel bottom camera with flash (Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme)
- 4G-LTE (Optional), HSPA+ and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI
- Dedicated GPS
- Up to 9 hours run time (Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme)
- Up to 14 hours run time (Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme)
- 311 x 219 x 39 mm; 2.72kg (Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme)
- 356 x 247 x 52mm; 3.54kg (Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme)
The Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebook carries a price tag starting at $3,649, while the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme begins at $3,499. Both the device will be available from May this year.