This bomb-proof Android tablet looks seriously tough

by Doug Drinkwater

June 11 2013

Getac's Z710 can be used in "hazardous and explosive environments"
Getac's Z710 can be used in "hazardous and explosive environments"

Getac has upped the stakes in the race for the most rugged tablet by announcing that its Z710 is now certified for use in "explosive environments".

The firm claims that the 7-inch tablet is the first rugged Android tablet to offer the optional ATEX (Explosive Atmosphere) Zone II/22 certification for use in hazardous and explosive environments.

"Workers operating in environments with potentially explosive atmospheres need to be able to depend on their technology," said Jim Rimay, president of Getac, who added that the Z710 was ideal for field workers in pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries.
"The Android platform provides users a cost-effective, open-source alternative, and the optional ATEX certification feature makes the Z710 the only Android-based tablet solution for field deployment in these hazardous environments."
The Z710 was recently upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and also boasts a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution touchscreen which can be controlled even when wearing gloves. 
In addition, the tablet has a 1D/2D CMOS barcode reader, HF RFID reader and 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, as well as various connectivity options.
One useful security feature is the device's random memory processing (ASLR), which make the OS "all but impenetrable" to memory corruption.
The Z710 with optional ATEX configuration can be ordered now, with the first units to ship in July. The tablet starts from $2,299.
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