CAT To Release Their First Ultra-Rugged Tablet for Construction

 via Caterpillar

via Caterpillar

CAT, the name synonymous with heavy construction equipment across the world, has been slowly adding technology to its brand over the past year.  Early last year, the company announced it would be releasing a rugged smart phone, which was also the first ever to have a built-in thermal imaging camera.  This year, they’re releasing their first step into the world of tablets.

The Caterpillar T20 Tablet does not have a release date yet, but the company has released initial details for their first tablet. The 8” device is not going to break any speed records with its relatively small internal memory (2GB of RAM), but many in the industry will find its battery life and ruggedness especially useful.

Rated IP67, the T20 is waterproof at 1 meter for 30 minutes, drop proof from 1.8m (with factory fitted screen protector), and dust proof. It features a 7500mAh battery, which is 47% larger than that of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. The battery, combined with its size, should mean it will last a long time with heavy use.

The tablet will come with Windows 10 as its operating system, which will give users plenty of application and program options. A useful mini-HDMI and a USB 3.0 port are included on the tablet itself. The dual cameras are a bit of a downside, as they’re only specified to be 5MP (rear) and 2MP (front).

The price is listed at £599, which translate into around $790 American, so it will come with a hefty price tag. If interested in the new tablet, you can register with CAT here and they’ll email you the latest information as it’s released.