Beauty shot of a Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet (Model 7202), codename Livingstone.

Dell announced on Tuesday the launch of its first fully rugged tablet designed for field workers, first responders, the military and other users who may get their tech gadgets dirty or wet.

Windows-based Dell Latitude 12 tablet joins the rest of the rugged Latitude line, which includes 12- and 14-inch fully rugged notebooks. Dell has the Latitude 12 tablet starting with a price tag at US$1,599.

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“It’s a niche product, but it’s a big niche,” Stephen Monteros, vice president of business development and strategy at Ontario, Calif.-based Sigmanet, a Dell partner, told CRN. Police departments, especially, “are looking to put more of this stuff out there, and this makes it easier to do that,” he said.

“Dell, when they think something’s mature and dialed in, they’ll capitalize on it immediately. Panasonic is one of the leaders (in rugged products), but it hasn’t seen widespread adoption, so this product is coming out at the right time,” added Monteros.

The Latitude 12 tablet includes fourth-generation QuadCool thermal management technology to help it cope with severe temperatures. It runs on fifth-generation Intel Core M processors and boasts up to 12 hours of battery life with two 2-cell batteries.

The tablet comes with solid-state storage up to 512 GB, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, optional broadband and dedicated GPS. It is secured with Dell Data Protection, available Intel vPro and Intel TPM 1.2.