When a company sends its product in a box filled with damp earth, you can be sure: this gadget can withstand more torture than your standard phone or tablet.
Xplore Technologies manufactures gadgets for the harshest conditions, including military zones. I, an ordinary civilian, had the honor to play with the new XC6 tablet - the most powerful device of the entire Xplore line (Intel Haswell processor, as well as a 1,300-nit display).
Wondering what these games include? Nothing special. In addition to water and freezers.
If all you do on your tablet is check Twitter , then the capabilities of the XC6 might not surprise you. Since it was designed for oil derrick workers, soldiers, engineers, and workers in other dangerous professions, this tablet can withstand enormous loads.
Weighing 2.45 kg, the case of this tablet consists of a magnesium alloy, and the ports and corners are covered with a thick layer of rubber. Classified as IP67 and MIL-STD-810G, this device can be under water (up to 1 m) for half an hour, as well as withstand extreme cold / heat / humidity.
Deciding to check this, I stuffed the XC6 into the freezer, and after two hours, I noticed that the tablet worked without any problems. Next, I decided to check the mail in the shower, again nothing. A fall on the asphalt from a height of 2 meters also did not affect the tablet. Then I decided to relax and find out what kind of stuffing I am trying so hard to break.
Despite the severe construction, fairly standard ports and lotions are installed in this device: Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, a pair of USB 3.0, a headphone port, as well as a fingerprint scanner.
Also in XC6 you can find a five-megapixel camera, which can only shoot barcodes and a front camera with a resolution of 720p, which is suitable for Skype chats and nothing more serious.
So that this tablet can withstand extreme temperatures and shocks, Xplore preferred a resistive touchscreen, which although it requires great effort when pressed, can withstand a direct drop of the hammer.
By the way, to facilitate the work, the XC6 comes with a pair of styluses. And it is worth saying, without a stylus, I completely failed to use the gestures of Windows 8 .
In addition, a very bright (1,300-nit) display is installed on this tablet, which shows a very clear picture even in direct sunlight. However, if you do not have sunglasses with you, your eyes will get tired quickly enough.
The only drawbacks are the fingerprints of past screens that remain on the display for some time after updating the picture (gousting).
Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time for accurate measurements of the operating time, but I checked the tablet on 3DMark 11 and got some performance results.
You will be surprised to know that this brick got benchmarks like: E1,801, P898 and X299 - results that are very closely comparable to Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro .
Given that the XC6 has a 1.9GHz Haswell Core i5-4300U processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD, I can say with confidence that although this tablet looks like a shovel, this is a very sophisticated shovel.
This device has already been launched, and its price is incredible $ 5,299 - this figure will increase significantly if you want to add a Core i7 or other accessory such as a slot for memory cards or, for example, a grenade launcher.