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Advantech launches the PWS-870 rugged tablet PC


January 21, 2015
By Renée Francoeur


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January 21, 2015 – Advantech, a mobile computing platform provider, has unveiled the PWS-870, a 10.1-in. fully-rugged tablet PC with the power of an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor.

PWS-870 is designed specifically for field services markets such as public safety, utility, inspection, and construction. It is built for rugged use, drop-tested, military-certified, and completely integrated. The user experience is optimized with PWS-870’s high-brightness, multi-touch sunlight-readable screen and the system is extremely-customizable to meet targeted needs. The latest advanced communication options, including 4G LTE and 802.11 ac, allow peak performance across a variety of infrastructures.

In addition there is Bluetooth 4.0 and full GPS with options to use either China’s Beidou or Russia’s Glonass systems for global positioning. One more feature set is PWS-870’s built-in dual camera (front and back), a 1D/2D barcode scanner, NFC and RFID.

Avantech claims the PWS-870 stands apart from other tablet PCs in its ability to be customized. A bed of peripherals is on board, including two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an audio jack, and an HDMI connector. It also can be vehicle- or desk-docked. PWS-870 has a Universal cover, which functions as handle, stand, carry bag, and hand strap. A hot-swap battery feature allows for up to 11 hours of continuous operation.