New Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme: Work Without Boundaries

The Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet delivers dependability without compromise, even in the toughest environments.

From factories to ambulances, deserts to the Arctic, professionals working in harsh edge environments turn to Dell Latitude Rugged for peace of mind. The new Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet is no exception – it’s the latest in a line of trusted devices for workers in some of today’s most challenging environments. This premium tablet is built for outstanding field performance and productivity, delivering critical reliability, all while withstanding extreme surroundings. 

Next-level Performance, No Matter the Environment

Operating in the field or on the factory floor should not mean sacrificing performance or connectivity. The lightest1 and most powerful2 12” fully-rugged tablet on the market, the 7230 Rugged Extreme comes with 12th Gen Intel® Core™ up to i7 processors and integrated Iris Xe graphics, providing powerful performance on the go. Combine that with new Wi-Fi 6E3 capability and dual broadband support, and users can see an improvement in speed while reducing the tablet’s energy consumption at the same time. For first responders, the 7230 Rugged Extreme answers the call, with FirstNet Ready™4 powering priority access to the critical information they need in emergencies, housed within the FirstNet network.

Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme.
Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme.

World-class Upgrades to Meet the Exacting Needs of Rugged Users

Those we depend on need equipment they can rely on, so the 7230 Rugged Extreme doesn’t stop at performance. It also features improved battery life, increased display size and the durability Rugged tablets are known for.

    • Regardless of your environment, the tablet now provides up to 20 hours5 battery life, with dual hot-swap batteries for continuous operation of the device. This is critical for shift work in manufacturing, the military, for first responders and the list goes on.
    • A true 16:10 aspect ratio display now provides 13 percent more active screen area than previous generations, giving the 7230 Rugged Extreme the largest6 screen area in a 12” fully rugged tablet. But that doesn’t mean much if you can’t see the content featured on the screen. Critical data can be viewed in direct sunlight, now with up to 1200 nits of brightness. Plus, glove-touch capability allows optimal screen interactivity.
    • And we can’t talk about Dell Rugged devices without talking about durability. The 7230 Rugged Extreme is military-grade, meaning it is drop-tested from up to four feet and temperature-tested from -20F to 145F to withstand the most strenuous circumstances. It’s IP-65 rated for exceptional protection against dust, dirt and water ingress, and with optional hazardous location certification, even highly dangerous settings are not an issue.

If this doesn’t leave our Rugged users impressed with the new tablet, let’s take a minute to talk security as well – because let’s face it, when working in these harsh environments, users need to be prepared for the unexpected while knowing their devices are as secure as possible. The 7230 Rugged Extreme comes pre-installed with Dell’s TPM 2.0 ControlVault™, a hardware-based advanced authentication tool that helps users secure and control data with integrated encryption. Additional security options are also available to help protect highly sensitive or confidential information, including a contacted or contactless smartcard reader, Infrared Camera for Microsoft Windows Hello-based facial recognition and a touch fingerprint reader.

Versatility is key in unpredictable environments. That’s why we designed the tablet ports so they can be configured for simultaneous connection to Wi-Fi, GPS and WWAN—all while maintaining 5G performance for faster and efficient video streaming and file sharing. The 7230 Rugged Extreme can also be customized for a variety of industries as well as OEM solutions with the option to add a barcode scanner, HDMI or Fischer USB. A high-performing removable NVMe SSD (up to 2TB7) can be removed and swapped without any tools for even more flexibility to handle demanding field applications.

A New Ecosystem of Accessories Makes the 7230 Rugged Extreme a Fit, No Matter the Task

Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet with accessories.
Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet with accessories.

We know the tablet is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to making products Rugged users depend on to perform their work smoothly. That’s why the 7230 Rugged Extreme is available with both new and refreshed accessories that create a critical balance of mobility, ergonomics and durability.

Connecting directly through the tablet’s dual locking latches, the new detachable keyboard allows a quick transition to a full keyboard experience. Alternatively, the active pen offers the flexibility and versatility that a fast-moving scenario requires. Taking productivity even further, upgraded attachments such as the shoulder strap, rotating hand strap with 360-degree swivel and adjustable rigid handle help ensure the tablet becomes a seamless extension of the worker and their needs, never a cumbersome device to juggle.

As part of the broadest portfolio at the edge, the 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet will be available globally by the end of 2022, with pricing announced closer to shipping. For companies deploying rugged devices at scale, fleets of tablets can be seamlessly deployed, managed and secured over the cloud, with additional support through enterprise services such as next business day on-site support and predictive ProSupport tools.

Take a look at how Mike Libecki, National Geographic Explorer and Dell Ambassador, used the Rugged Extreme tablet in the extremes of Antarctica to study the environmental impact of microplastics. You can also watch a more in-depth video of Mike and his team’s expedition to Antarctica.

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1 Based on Dell internal analysis, comparing the starting weight of Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme, with the starting weight of competitor 12” fully-rugged tablets, using published data available as of April 2022.

2 Based on Dell internal analysis of the combination of CPU storage, memory, graphics and Wi-Fi standard specs on fully-rugged tablets comparing the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme Tablet to the Panasonic Toughbook 33 and Getac F110, using published data available as of April 2022.

3 Wi-Fi 6E compatible router required. Router requires a separate purchase. Wi-Fi 6E connectivity is only available in select countries. Check availability with your service provider.

4 Certification expected November 2022.

5 Based on Mobile Mark 14 benchmark data.

6 Based on Dell internal analysis, comparing the screen-size and aspect-ratio of the Dell Latitude 7230 Rugged Extreme, with competitor 12” fully-rugged tablets, using published data available in April 2022.

7 Available February 2023. Initially shipping with up to 1 TB.

Tom Tobul.

About the Author: Tom Tobul

Tom is the Vice President and General Manager for the Performance PCs portfolio of products at Dell Technologies. This portfolio includes the Precision workstations, XPS notebooks and Dell Rugged product lines. Tom is responsible for end to end management as well as ensuring the health of these lines of business including brand and portfolio strategy, business performance (e.g. Revenue, Units and Margin), product planning and product management as well as the brand promise of value. Prior to joining Dell in 2015, Tom held numerous executive positions in the IT industry with a focus on Product Management across hardware, software and service offerings. Tom has traveled extensively and has been on international assignment twice. He spent two years in Paris, France as Commercial Brand Manager for EMEA. In 2006 he lived in Beijing, China for one year while creating a worldwide product management team. Tom holds a B. S. degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.