While most mobile gadgets these days are designed to handle the occasional bump or drop, the rugged category remains for the few devices that can handle the toughest and most demanding environments out there. The rugged mobile device company Arbor announced its latest high-end tablet for those kinds of intense conditions. The Gladius 10 features an octa-core processor, dual-SIM card slot, and the latest Gorilla Glass technology.
The Gladius 10 is not your average tablet — unless “average” to you means good to go in hazardous or outdoor work environments. The tablet has the Ingress IP65 protection, meaning it’s rated to resist dust completely, as well as occasional splashes and spills from water. The Gladius 10 also meets the U.S. Military’s 810G standard for drops and other hazards. It’s capable of sustaining a four-foot drop without damage to the internals. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen also helps prevent scratches and other damage to the LCD display.
Under the screen, the Gladius 10 features a new MediaTek MTK8392 1.7 GHz, octa-core processor, which is one of the fastest processors out there for mobile devices. It will also sport 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, two SIM card slots for dual-connectivity, NFC functionality, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a built-in barcode reader. Even with all that hardware, Arbor says the Gladius 10 can still manage 10 hours of battery life before it needs a recharge wirelessly or by Micro USB.
For all of this, the Gladius 10 clocks in at just over $1000 — making it one very expensive tablet. It won’t be available until May 2015, but will make an appearance at CES 2015.