Motion Computing's R12 is a rugged 12.5-inch Windows tablet for $2,299

Motion Computing's R12 is a rugged 12.5-inch Windows tablet for $2,299

Summary: For the price, you get a massive 1080p HD screen, Intel Haswell processor, and choice of Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro.

TOPICS: Tablets, Mobility

While many companies battle it out for scraps at the bottom of the tablet market, fewer have ventured into the higher-end realm of industrial-strength models (at industrial-strength prices). Panasonic is one of them with its Toughpad series, and Motion Computing is now joining it with its new R12 Platform, whose centerpiece is a 12.5-inch Windows tablet.

As the "R" in R12 suggests, the tablet is ruggedized to meet MIL-STD-810G standards (i.e., able to withstand 4-foot drops, temperature shock, etc.), as well as IP54 rated to be resistant to water, dust, and splashes. That toughness is thanks to a rubberized enclosure and a magnesium-alloy internal frame designed for a slate that will be accompanying workers during field work in industries like construction and public safety.

Motion Computing offers a number of choices when it comes to components. You can either select an Intel Core i5-4210Y or i7-4610Y Haswell processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB solid-state storage. You can also pick your flavor of OS: Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Pro. Other typical tablet specs include HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, and front- and rear-facing cameras. With its massive screen (complete with full HD resolution) and heavy-duty construction, the R12 tablet weighs in at a hefty 2.95 pounds.

The R12 Platform offers a slew of optional accessories to boost productivity, like a wireless keyboard with built-in kickstand and a SlateMate module that lets you add items like a barcode scanner or RFID reader. There's also a secure mobile dock that's designed to be used inside a vehicle. Speaking of security, a built-in fingerprint reader, Trusted Platform Module, and optional CompuTrace software are used to protect the tablet and its data. 

As you can imagine owing to the large display, high-end specs, and rugged construction, the R12 will come with a high price tag when it becomes available next month: $2,299 for the base configuration. Then again, it's going to be doing some hard work, not being used to play Flappy Bird.

Topics: Tablets, Mobility

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  • Looks great

    Is this meant to compete with the Panasonic FZ-G1?, very similar specs. The bad thing about the FZ is swiping in from the size as the screen counter sinks slightly.
  • edit

    Replace(swiping in from the size , swiping in from the side)
  • Windows 7 on a Tablet ?

    Its the same as OS X on an iPad

    Makes no sense.
    • Makes sense to me -

      various people have a need or preference for a tablet-form computer and run programs that require a full-fledged OS. Most-if not all-flavors of Win 7 have tablet modes.

      I have a Motion tablet with XP and I like it a lot.
      Dave S2
    • This type setup was well used long before

      the iPad came out. It is still used by many in the vertical markets of construction, health care, etc. These used a stylus more than touch input, which is actually quite nice and easy to interact with even small items. The cost was probably twice as much for the rugged version, and they didn't have HD screens.

      Now that the iPad has been out and people are using touch on phones everywhere, the cost of touch screens has reduced greatly and battery life is much longer. Microsoft is still slightly off in timing as the push for touch screens did not take off as quickly as MS wanted/expected. But it is still taking off. Even as a developer with multiple monitors, I like having touch available as an option.
    • Fortunately for the rest of us... don't appear to be the "man on the mountain" that tech companies are consulting.

      I'll put stock in the guys and gals that have a financial stake in this offering, and assume they've done more homework and analysis.
    • More then likely

      Standardizing on W7 has more to do with what OS the vast majorities of enterprises are supporting than it actually being the best OS for a Windows tablet. Even on desktop mode, W8.1 is a better touch OS than 7 but very few shops are supporting 7.
      Rann Xeroxx