This week, DT Research launched a new line of rugged tablets with Intel processors, Windows 10 software, and walkie-talkie functionality for two-way communication.
As the company positions the new DT361AM and DT361AD Like portable tablets for military and law enforcement customers, their 6-inch displays and low-power Intel chips also give indications of what Windows phones would look like in 2021 if Microsoft hadn’t ditched them. operating systems for smartphones, instead of focusing on supporting apps for Android and iOS.
The two 6-inch DT Research tablets feature 1440 x 720-pixel displays, 7-watt Intel Core i7-10510Y Amber Lake-Y quad-core processors and support for WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2 and Hands-free walkie-talkie function to communicate with one or more other users at the same time using the built-in microphone and speakers.
These are rugged devices rated IP65 and MIL-STD-810H, thick housings and large, thick housings. And while tablets have capacitive touchscreens, there are also four programmable buttons as well as a push-to-talk button and power and screen brightness buttons.
Other features that make it pretty clear that the DT361 series devices are not your typical user-friendly tablets or phones include:
- Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 Type-A, and USB 3.1 Type-C ports
- Hot-swappable 3,100mAh battery (it can be replaced without restarting)
- A screen designed to be visible at night and will not conflict with night vision goggles
- Optional vest holder
The tablets also run Windows 10 IoT Enterprise software, and the DT361AM model has a smart card reader (while the DT361AD has an SD card reader instead).
So yeah, it’s not exactly something that most end users will buy. But it’s still interesting to see a fanless Wintel device with a 6 inch screen, designed for mobile use … even though it comes in a package that measures 7.6 “x 3.7″ x 1.3 ” and weighs 1 pound.
DT Research says the tablets are available for purchase from resellers and are available in 8GB / 256GB or 16GB / 512GB versions.