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Dell updates Rugged range with first ever “turbine-flip” convertible and two notebooks

Dell has unveiled a new range of battlefield proof Rugged notebooks and convertibles that are designed to appeal to the most taxing of situations by virtue of various military-grade testing verifications including IP-65 dust and water-proof certification.

The Latitude Rugged family additions include two new notebooks that cater for different ends of the market as well as a convertible “turbine-flip” notebook/tablet that is the first in its class.

Top of the range is a the fully rugged Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook that has a 14in WLED 1,366 x 768 resolution display with resistive touch as well as a new fourth generation Intel Core dual-core processor in a number of different speeds. The notebook can come with up to 512GB of solid state storage [SSD] and RAM sizes that go up to 16GB.

Battery life comes from a 6-cell or 9-cell primary battery and port-wise it has four USB ports, two serial, two RJ-45, an HDMI and a VGA port, and there is the option to expand through an SD card reader with the device weighing in at 3.81kg and 2.03in thick.

Dell’s new hybrid comes in the shape of the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme and has an 11.6in WLED 1,366 x 768 resolution display with the same resistive touch as the model above as well as the same processor, RAM and memory options.

Battery life differs in that it is provided by a 4-cell battery and the device has fewer ports with just three USB ports, a serial, an RJ-45, an HDMI and VGA port, with memory expansion available through an SD card reader, and it’s lighter at 2.63kg and thinner at 1.6in.

Lastly the company will release a semi-rugged notebook in the shape of the Latitude 14 Rugged in late 2014 that has a 14in screen with optional resistive touch, a fourth-generation Intel Core processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD, and a 6-cell or 9-cell battery. It is less rugged due to the dropping height being lower and the device having a lower level of standards compared to the other two models.