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DRS Armor X10gx gets a handle on military-grade tablet technology, specs it slightly shy

DRS Armor X10gx gets a handle on military-grade tablet technology, specs it slightly shy
Sean Hollister
Sean Hollister|August 13, 2010 8:59 AM
DRS' latest ARMOR tablet hasn't quite gotten with the times; the new X10gx sports the same 10.4-inch resistive display, a similar 1.2GHz processor and lags behind consumer products in RAM (2GB) and storage (64GB) almost as badly as predecessors two years prior. The badass quotient, however, has gone through the roof... as this magnesium-shelled puppy is now MIL-STD-810G, IP67 and UL1604 certified. To translate that in layman terms, you can (and they did) drop this 4.7 pound Windows 7 tablet from four feet dozens of times, throw it in a meter-deep pool of water and subject it to sub-freezing, sweltering and potentially explosive environments, all while still accepting standard-height 2.5-inch hard drives. Other features for worthy warriors include integrated GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, optional Gobi broadband and the ability to attach external antennas to each, plus hot-swappable 2400mAh batteries to minimize downtime. Smart card, TPM module and fingerprint scanners come standard, of course, and in a singular gesture to the consumer world, there is one HDMI port. No word on price, but given the construction of these machines, we're not going to pry -- it had just better be competitive with Panasonic's $3,400 device.
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PARSIPPANY, N.J., AUGUST 4, 2010 – DRS Tactical Systems, a subsidiary of DRS Technologies, has recently unveiled its newest ARMOR™ rugged tablet computer, the ARMOR™ X10gx. This all-new 10.4″ rugged tablet enhances the efficiency and productivity of an increasingly mobile workforce and is planning to ship by September 15, 2010.

"The ARMOR™ X10gx is our tenth generation offering. We have drawn upon many years of our experience as well as the experience from our military and commercial personnel that have deployed our rugged mobile computers around the world," said Mike Sarrica, vice president and general manager for DRS Tactical Systems.

"To meet the demanding conditions encountered by people working in field service; transportation, rail and port facilities; public safety, and other areas of challenging environments, our new rugged tablet meets MIL-STD-810G and is approved by UL for use in explosive and/or hazardous environments. It also carries an ingress protection (IP) rating of 67, meaning it is fully protected against dust and can withstand the effects of immersion in water to depths up to 1 meter," Sarrica added.

With a weight of just 4.7 lbs. and certified to operate in extreme conditions, the ARMOR™ X10gx also features a new docking system, AT&T wireless certification and an optional integrated Gobi™ 2000 mobile broadband to keep the user connected on multiple wireless networks.

The ARMOR™ X10gx also is equipped with standard 802.11n Wireless LAN connectivity and Bluetooth® v2.0 + EDR (Class 2), as well as integrated GPS. Standard routing of GPS and WLAN to two RF ports allows switching between internal antennas within the unit and external antennas, such as those mounted on a vehicle roof.

Other features include an Intel® Core2 Duo™ Processor with up to 4GB RAM and Intel® embedded Montevina system architecture and a 64GB solid-state hard drive with options up to160GB that is user-replaceable. Additional features and benefits of the ARMOR™ X10gx can be found at http://tinyurl.com/2dwsope