Getac unveils the new rugged Z710 Android tablet

Most Android tablets aren't cut out for life in the outdoors. People who work outside such as field service or oil filled workers have to be very careful with a typical Android tablet because one drop or light sprinkling of rain could spell the end. Getac has unveiled what it calls the world's most rugged Android tablet specifically designed to survive extreme work environments.

The new tablet is called the Z710 and has a seven-inch screen covered with scratch resistant Gorilla Glass. The tablet was designed to meet military specification MIL-STD 810G / IP65 to survive shock, dust, and moisture. The tablet also has an integrated SiRFstar GPS sensor. Getac equips the tablet with a glove-friendly touchscreen display and uses LumiBond technology. LumiBond technology integrates Gorilla Glass with a capacitive touch sensor and an LED panel.

The tablet measures 8.5 x 5.6" and is a bit over an inch thick. It weighs under 2 pounds and is designed to be transported anywhere. The tablet has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and RF pass-through for GPS. The tablet also has an integrated HD webcam on the front and a five megapixel still camera on the rear.

With the tablet designed to meet military standards, it promises to survive drops of up to 6 feet. It's also able to operate in temperatures ranging from -4°F to 122°F. The tablet starts at $1499 with the 3G version selling for $1799. Shipping will start in October. This is one of the most expensive Android tablets I've seen.