Casio targets retailers with its rugged Android tablets

Consumer electronics manufacturer Casio has announced it is prepping a new range of Android tablets aimed at helping retail staff from the shop floor to the stock room.

Four devices will make up the new V-T/N500 series (V-T500-E pictured, top), with all of the slates running version 4.0 of Google's mobile operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, and rocking a 10.1in screen. The tablets are expected to boast a battery life of up to 12 hours, feature 5-megapixel front and rear facing cameras, contain a TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and arrive NFC-ready.

Durability is a further selling point being touted by the manufacturer. They might not be able to survive a full-scale customer rampage, but they will be dustproof, splash resistant, and capable of withstanding drops of up to one metre.

"As the Android platform matures, we are seeing an ever-increasing level of sophistication in terms of both software and hardware. The new hardware provides potentially endless possibilities for the retailer, and is tough enough to survive the rigours of the retail business environment," said Guy Boxall, senior product marketing manager at Casio.

Devices designed specifically with retail staff in mind will help to improve the customer experience, according the company, merging the benefits of in-store shopping with the convenience of online browsing.

At the very least, staff at your local high street retailer shouldn't seem dumbstruck when you ask them what chipset that sexy new ultrabook is packing – the relevant information will be, literally, at their fingertips.

Employees are also likely to benefit from being able to quickly access stock inventories, helpful whether a PC World customer wants to know if the 16GB version of the Nexus 7 is available, or if non-nerds are after a new pair of Nike trainers, size 9, in green.

Crucially, the devices are capable of creating a new point-of-sale .

'The new V-T/N500 series tablet will help retailers improve their customer experience by deploying a mobile terminal and speeding up functions such as stock retrieval," Mr Boxall continued.

"It also offers a mobile point of sale option – to make shopping a more fluid experience. With this technology, sales assistants can queue-bust and close purchases before walk-outs during busy periods," he added.