This week PiPO announced a semi-rugged Windows tablet called the PiPO W4B.
The tablet is designed for industrial use and features a rugged body with protection against being dropped, water and the other elements. There is no word yet on what IP rating it has or what protective materials are being used, like Gorilla Glass.
The PiPO W4B has fairly standard specifications compared to tablets currently being released. It’s running Windows 10 with an Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 SoC and features 2GB RAM/32GB Storage or 4GB RAM/64GB Storage.The addition of a USB 3.0 port, ethernet and micro HDMI port is a great addition too.
Unfortunately the PiPO W4B is not dual OS as it would make a great Android tablet.
Currently there are a wide range of rugged tablets coming out of China featuring barcode scanners and 3G/4G connectivity for $400-$800 US. Big brands like HP and Dell also sell rugged tablets with better specifications at a price tag in excess of $1000 US. Since PiPO isn’t a big brand and doesn’t feature scanners or connectivity – the price should be under $400 US hopefully.
PiPO W4B Specifications
- 8″ 1280×800 IPS Capactive Display
- Windows 10 Home
- 1 Year Office 365 Subscription
- Intel Quad-Core Cherry Trail Z8300 up to 1.84Ghz
- 2GB/4GB RAM
- 32GB/64GB eMMC Storage
- USB 3.0 x1, USB 2.0 x2, Micro USB x1, Micro HDMI x1
- 802.11b/g/n Wifi
- RJ45 Ethernet
- Bluetooth, G-Sensor
- 5V/2A Power
- 4500mAh * 3.7V=16.7Wh Battery
- 209 x 122 x 10.2mm
- 375g (13.22 oz)
Price and Availability
The PiPO W4B is definitely something to keep an eye out for if you desire a decent rugged tablet with a potentially lower price tag.
No word yet on price or availability.