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New Rugged Dell Latitude Notebooks Announced

Dell announced the launch of both the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook and the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebook.

“With new ground-up design and industry-first innovations, the Latitude 12 and 14 Rugged Extreme mark the beginning of a renewed and expanded commitment by Dell to the rugged space,” said Kirk Schell, vice president, commercial PCs, client solutions group, Dell. “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.”

The computers are built to withstand hazards such as dust, moisture, drops, vibration, extreme temperatures and other conditions faced by users in fields such as military service, public safety, manufacturing and first response. They are independently tested to military standards including drops up to six feet, as well as ingress protection, emissions and hazardous materials certifications by a third-party testing facility.

The units include Direct-View outdoor-readable displays for productivity in harsh sunlight that reduces glare and reflectivity with less reliance on backlighting (resulting in longer battery life). That Latitude 12 includes resistive multi-touch for recognizing intuitive gestures while wearing thick gloves.

The Latitude 12 also includes a “flip-hinge” convertible display.

The computers feature up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB solid state storage, and USB 3.0 and native serial on all Rugged Extreme products, with dual serial/RJ-45 on the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme.

For more information, visit Dell.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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