Sales of traditional smartphones and tablets may be experiencing a slowdown, but a report claims that the rugged tablet market is expected to see a boost.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global rugged tablet market to grow at a 14.9% compound annual growth rate up to 2019.
The report claims that with rugged tablets becoming thinner, more lightweight, more resistant to vibration and water, more secure, and served by a better range of rugged peripherals, they are now no longer just a niche market mobility solution, but often the user’s primary computing device, a function consumer tablets have been unable to fill.
Technavio also argues that factoring in the hard and soft costs of deploying, securing, and managing a device its accessories through the entire life cycle, the total cost of ownership for a nonrugged device is more than double that of a rugged tablet.
Technavio also sees growing markets for rugged tablets in the defence sector, as well as the established public service, emergency, warehouse, retail and field operations sectors.
Recent product launches in the market include the upgraded version of the Algiz RT7 rugged Android tablet (pictured) from Handheld Group of Sweden. The 7-inch Algiz RT7 now runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and has been upgraded to 2 GB of RAM.
‘The Algiz RT7 has been an extremely popular unit since its release, and these upgrades show our commitment to providing the best available features to our customers,’ says Jerker Hellström, Handheld Group CEO. ‘Android 6.0 is a vast improvement over 5.1 for our enterprise customers, increasing data security and adding features designed specifically for mobile workforces employing Android. And the performance-enhancing RAM increase ensures our customers have the power they need for complex field tasks.’
Shipping starts in mid-March, and current units running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) are upgradeable.
At CES, Acer unveiled a rugged 11-inch Chromebook N7 aimed at the educational market, and Panasonic lanuches its latest Toughbook rugged notebooks and tablets at MWC.