Advantech Protects its Tablet

In June this year, Advantech announced a rugged tablet PC called the PWS-870. The unit has now been launched. It is a 10.1″ model designed for field services markets, with an optional sunlight-readable display and several certifications.

As well as being IP65-compliant, the PWS-870 is MIL-STD-810G and 5M3- certified, even when docked. It has been drop-tested from 1.2m. Accessories, such as a barcode scanner, are integrated into the main unit, which Advantech says makes it especially shock, drop- and vibration-resistant. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2 and the battery is hotswappable, for up to 11 hours of operation.

Mobile data is supplied through 4G connectivity. The tablet also features NFC, Bluetooth and an RFID reader. A six-in-one cover functions as a case, handle, stand, carry bag, hand strap and hands-free support platform. An Intel Haswell processor (1.7GHz Core i3, 1.9GHz Core i5 or 1.7GHz Core i7) runs Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro or Windows 7 Pro (64-bit). The display features 1366 x 768 resolution, with 400 cd/m² of brightness, or 800 cd/m² with the high-bright option. An ambient light sensor controls the screen’s light output.

Advantech is selling the PWS-870 now; price is on application.