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Xplore Xslate D10, First Take: A tough Android tablet for challenging environments

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While it's possible to protect a standard tablet using a shell case, field service engineers and people working in hazardous environments require something altogether more robust. That's where devices like the Xplore Xslate D10 come into play. This is a fully rugged Android 5.1 tablet featuring a 10.1-inch IPS screen with 500-nit brightness for easy outdoor viewing.

The Xslate D10 can withstand multiple drops of up to 5 feet (1.52m) and meets familiar ruggedness standards such as MIL-STD-810G and IP65 ('dust tight' and protected against 'powerful water jets'). It also complies with the C1Z2 and ATEX standards, both of which cater for 'hazardous locations' such as mining and petrochemical manufacture (the former is a North American standard, the latter European).

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The 10.1-inch Xslate D10 starts at just over 1kg, but accessories will soon increase the bulk and weight. It's powered by a 1.91GHz Intel Atom E3845 CPU with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage.

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Clearly, all this means the device is somewhat larger and heavier than a standard Android 10.1-inch tablet. Its starting weight of 1.09kg is a clue to the magnesium alloy frame and bulky rubberised exterior sides, which are even fatter at the corners than they are along the long and short edges. These contribute to an overall size of 281mm wide by 180mm deep by 22mm thick.

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The Xslate D10 meets a variety of ruggedness standards, including those pertaiing to hazardous environments.

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And that's before you factor in the added size and weight of the hand-hold strap that can be affixed to the back and which incorporates a rather clever kickstand, or the top handle that includes a slot for a stylus. My review sample came with both of these accessories fitted, and as a result I actually had access to two styluses -- one in the handle and a second, somewhat stumpy, one very firmly clipped onto the back of the chassis. Both are tethered so they can't be lost.

All ports and connectors are protected by hinged rubber covers. As standard you get a MicroSD card slot, a Micro-SIM card slot, a Micro-HDMI connector and a 3.5mm headset jack. Unusually for any tablet, there are two full-size USB 3.0 ports and an RJ-45 Ethernet port. A 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front camera round things off. On the bottom edge there's a docking connector for accessories like car mounts and a keyboard. Other optional modules include barcode scanning, NFC and HDMI-in.

The processor is a 1.91GHz quad-core Intel Atom E3845 supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. This should provide the horsepower required by field service engineers and other vertical-market users.

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Android gets a security boost from a range of additions, including TPM 1.2 and Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) malware protection. Battery life is clearly important for this device's use cases, and while the internal battery provides up to eight hours, additional external hot-swappable batteries can extend this to up to 20 hours.

The upshot is a tablet that, if not exactly designed for maximum portability, is suitable for use in a variety of working environments, including hazardous ones.

The price of such a robust and well-protected Android tablet is not small. The base unit, including 4G wireless and a three-year warranty, costs £1,580 (ex. VAT). Start adding extras like a second battery, for example, the carry handle or back handle, and the price will escalate.

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Specifications

General
Packaged Quantity 1
Processor / Chipset
Number of Cores Quad-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Display
Touchscreen Multi-Touch
Multi-Touch Display Yes
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
Technology TFT active matrix
TFT Technology IPS
Diagonal Size 10.1 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 25.7 cm
Native Resolution 1366 x 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Monitor Features 10-point multi-touch, chemically strengthened glass, glove touch mode
RAM
Technology DDR3L SDRAM
Installed Size 4 GB
Memory
RAM 4 GB - DDR3L SDRAM
Storage 64 GB
Processor
Type Atom
64-bit Computing Yes
Number of Cores Quad-Core
Processor Number E3845
Manufacturer Intel
Clock Speed 1.91 GHz
Environmental Parameters
Humidity Range Operating 0 - 95% (non-condensing)
Max Altitude Operating 40000 ft
Min Storage Temperature -22 °F
Max Storage Temperature 158 °F
Flash Memory
Installed Size 64 GB
Communications
Wireless Protocol 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Wired Protocol Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless Broadband (WWAN)
Cellular Protocol LTE
Navigation
Navigation GPS receiver
Modem
Mobile Broadband Access 4G
Card Reader
Slots (for SD) microSD slot
Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Power
Type power adapter
Min Operating Temperature -29.2 °F
Max Operating Temperature 140 °F
Header
Brand Xplore
Product Line Xplore XSlate
Model D10
Kit No Handle Kit
Country Kits North America
Packaged Quantity 1
System
Platform Android
Handheld Type tablet
Rugged Design Yes
Monitor
Diagonal Size 10.1 in
Image Brightness 500 cd/m2
Networking
Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, IEEE 802.11ac, NFC
Miscellaneous
Features Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2, security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Compliant Standards ATEX Zone 2, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60079-11: 14, CEC, CISPR 22, CISPR 24, EN55022, EN55024, ERP, FCC CFR47 Part 15 B, IEC 60529, IEC 60950, IP65, MIL-STD 810G, MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-464C, RoHS
Color Category black
Security Slot Type Kensington security slot
HDMI Port Yes
Dimensions & Weight
Width 7.1 in
Depth 0.9 in
Height 11.1 in
Audio Output
Type speaker
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support Limited warranty - 3 years
Type 3 years warranty
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Audio Input
Type microphone
Physical Characteristics
Weight 2.4 lbs
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Type Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Graphics System
Graphics Accelerator Intel HD Graphics
Battery
Capacity 39.2 Wh
Run Time (Up To) 8 hour(s)
Digital Camera
Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
Rear-facing Camera Yes
Camera Light Source flash
HD Video Recording 1080p
Mobile Broadband
Service Activation Yes
Cellular Protocol LTE
GPS System
Navigation GPS receiver
Expansion Slots
Type microSDXC
Total Qty 1
Interface Provided
Interface HDMI, Micro-HDMI, USB 3.0, dock, headset mini jack (3.5mm)
Qty 1, 2
OS Provided
Type Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Power Device
Type power adapter
Supported Battery
Max Supported Qty 2
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 3 years
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