By Stephen Schenck | August 16, 2012 8:02 PM
Earlier this month we were talking about the lack of options for rugged Android tablets. Just like with rugged phones, it seemed like nearly everything was a mid-range device, at best, with the selection even slimmer due to the tablet form factor. Today, though, we’ve learned about a new Android from Fujitsu, its Stylistic M532, and on paper at least, it just might be the heavyweight tablet powerhouse we were hoping for.
The M532 runs a 1.4GHz quad-core Tegra 3, has a gigabyte of RAM, and has 32GB of on-board flash storage with microSD expansion supported. The 10.1-inch display is only in a 1280 x 800 resolution, but at least the tablet supports a full 1080p when connected to an external monitor. The rear camera is an eight-megapixel component, with two-megapixels up front. The tablet arrives running Ice Cream Sandwich, and this guy is WiFi-only; there aren’t any cellular options we’ve heard about.
Now, what we’re really curious about, and what could make or break this model, is just how rugged it is. Fujitsu claims it’s been tested to MIL-STD-810 standards, but that covers a huge range of individual tests; it’s not clear just how strictly the M532 complies, and which tests Fujitsu ran.
Fujitsu’s asking about $550 for the M532, which is a bit steep for what you get, but not out-of-the-park crazy. If you’re rough on your gear, investing in a rugged model like this just might be worth the premium.