While there's certainly no shortage of ruggedized tablet PCs
out there (or laptops
, or UMPCs
), upstart Algiz seems to think there's enough room for it to squeeze itself into the mix, recently announcing its beefy Algiz 8 tablet. According to the company, the device is "dedicated to defend and protect," although it may be somewhat hampered in that task by its low-power 1.0 GHz ULV M Processor, which gets complemented by an 8.4-inch SVGA display, a 40 GB hard drive, and a maximum 1GB of RAM. On the upside, that should translate to some decent battery life, which can be further extended thanks to its hot-swappable 5800mAh battery. It also looks like you'll get plenty of connectivity options to choose from, with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as optional GPRS/CDMA connectivity and GPS should you decided to haul it into uncharted territory. Unfortunately, there's no word on how much it'll cost, nor is there any indication of when it'll be available -- although, judging from the image above, we wouldn't expect it very soon.