Dell has just unveiled a new high-end 12-inch Latitude Rugged Extreme tablet (7220), a “rugged” machine that works reliably in tough, harsh environments. Despite not changing the form factor, the Latitude 7220’s interior has been fully upgraded — including a four-core Intel 8 Generation Core processor, a 1000 nits high-brightness display, and the latest connectivity technology support — and is compatible with most of the current accessories.
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The range dates back to 2015, and the Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme tablet is still CERTIFIed by the MIL-STD-810G.
The 24mm-thick body can withstand extreme temperatures (-29 to 63 C / -20 to 145 degrees F) and physical shocks such as dust, high humidity, rain, vibration, and drops. In addition, the tablet is MIL-STD-461F certified to protect against battery leakage and electromagnetic interference.
However, to meet the rugged properties, the Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme is neither small nor light. The machine weighs 1.33 kg, the equivalent of a 13.3-inch laptop and 60 grams heavier than the previous 7212 model.
It’s worth noting that the Latitude 7220 RE does improve the outdoor performance of the screen, and the peak brightness of 1000 nits provides excellent readability. The user can easily adjust the brightness of the screen on the front-facing tablet.
At the same time, the 7220 RE no longer offers exclusive Windows keys, but the latter still exists on Dell’s optional IP65-level protection certified with brackets.
The Latitude 7220 RE has an Intel 8 Generation Core i3/ i5/i7 (Whisky Lake) processor, available in dual- or quad-core versions, complemented by the Intel UHD Graphics 630 core.
Depending on the CPU, the machine is available for pre-installed 8/16GB of LPDDR3 memory and based on PCIe 3.0 x4 and Class 35 / Class 40 M.2 SSDs, with capacities ranging from 128GB to 2TB.
The system supports two hot-swappable batteries (standard with only one 34Wh battery), but Dell doesn’t disclose specific battery life figures, after all, each customer’s actual usage is different.
Dell has also upgraded the Communication Components of the Latitude 7220 RE to support Wi-Fi 5/6 and Bluetooth (which can be specified for disabled), optional Qualcomm X20 4G/LTE modems, and FirstNet network access modules for emergency response.
On the wired port side, the Latitude 7220 RE offers USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.0 TypeA, optional micro RS-232, POGO keyboard connector, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for charging/ external displays.
It also offers a front-mount edgy camera, an SD reader, an optional contactless smart card reader, and a fingerprint sensor module. However, unlike previous products, the 7220 has cut off traditional I/O options such as Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, and HDMI.
On the security front, Dell offers Latitude 7220 RE The ControlVault Advanced Authentication Suite, which supports Intel vPro Remote Management, TPM 2.0, SSD encryption, and the NIST SP800-147 security platform.
Finally, the Dell Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme tablet is available on the official website and starts at $1,899 (13342 RMB).