Getac, With F110, V110, Shows Rugged Can Also Be Truly Mobile

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-10-16

Getac is out to change rugged devices and an industry that it says traditionally has been "not very visionary." On Oct. 15 it introduced the V110, the "thinnest and lightest rugged convertible" on the market, and the F110, its "thinnest and lightest fully rugged large-screen tablet." Both feature 11.6-inch displays, which Getac says are ideal for using with the touch-based Windows 8, and Intel's fourth-generation Core processors (code-named Haswell), which the company says enabled it to reduce the size of the motherboard in its devices by 33 percent. Another design change (with slimming consequences) was the V110's battery, which is now two three-cell batteries, instead of a single six-cell. They slip into slots on either side of the laptop, like hands into a muffler. In addition to providing a combined 13 hours of battery life, one can be swapped out while the other keeps things going, making it possible to never power down. Both also come with the option of a built-in, multicarrier 4G LTE configuration, so users can switch between carriers if coverage varies considerably in an area, and removable storage. In a statement introducing the V110 and F110, Getac President Jim Rimay said that Getac had responded to customer feedback. He added, "We've changed the rugged industry from devices that were simply portable to devices that are truly mobile."


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