Xplore Technologies launches highly rugged Windows 8.1 XC6 tablet series

We have seen rugged Windows 8.1 tablets released by Panasonic earlier this year but today a company called Xplore Technologies claims it has launched the toughest and most rugged tablet line up in the industry. It's called the XC6 series and it runs on Windows 8.1, with an option to pick Windows 7 Pro instead.

The company's press release says that the XC6 tablets are designed to survive a seven foot drop, which it says is beyond the typical rugged testing requirements. It's multi-touch resistive touchscreen can be operated even while wearing gloves or in "soaking wet conditions". Needless to say, the tablets are designed to be water and dust proof. They are mainly sold to the military, along with oil, gas, construction, utility and transportation businesses. 

The highest end model of the tablet line is the 5.4 pound XC6 DMSR, with support for up to an Intel fourth generation Core i7 processor. It has a 10.4 inch display that can be read in direct sunlight. Inside there's support for up to 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, It's supposed to have up to 8.5 hours of battery life. Pricing for the XC6 series is, as you might expect, a bit on the steep side, with a starting price of $5,299.

Source: Xplore Technologies | Image via Xplore Technologies

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warwagon said,
I want to see a drop test. I want to see someone go up on a 3rd story balcony and throw it as hard as they can!

7ft drop is the quoted survivable drop height. Id have a word with your builder if that's the height of your third story balcony!

warwagon said,
I want to see a drop test. I want to see someone go up on a 3rd story balcony and throw it as hard as they can!

That's unrealistic, but maybe a 2nd floor balcony. Still above the quoted survivable drop height, but still possible. Drop an iPhone from the same height for good measure.

Stuff like this usually has poor specs. I also can't see anyone wanting to use Windows 7 on a tablet.

Davo said,
I also can't see anyone wanting to use Windows 7 on a tablet.

Use it daily on a tablet myself, actually reasonably decent. Of course you'll find yourself using a stylus frequently, desktop apps typically don't have big fingers in mind when being developed.. but given the choice, yea, 8.x would be the better bet.

Davo said,
Stuff like this usually has poor specs. I also can't see anyone wanting to use Windows 7 on a tablet.

... It's a Windows 8.1 tablet.

Max Norris said,

With an option to have Windows 7 Pro instead.

For the stubborn & demented who still consider windows 7 to be a better platform and would go to any length to defend it.

ShAsadAhmad said,
For the stubborn & demented who still consider windows 7 to be a better platform and would go to any length to defend it.

The blind fanboyism on this site has gone to astronomical levels. Stubborn and demented? Ever stop to think (hard I know) that this isn't a f'ing consumer device whatsoever, and that IT departments who buy this sort of hardware has to work within their company's guidelines... you know, maybe they haven't migrated to 8.x yet?

Unbelievable.

Seriously, is it that hard to get an actual freaking screenshot of the OS for once? The picture alone makes it look like a crappy cheap-ass Android skin. Unless one goes into details to actually read the full product info, one might never know what this really is... and even then one might not be 100% sure, because what is correct, the picture or the textual description?

Reminds me of that stupid Dell add few months ago, when they were showing OS X on a Windows 8 touchscreen device.