Construction-Tough Tablet Market Heats Up with Durabook U11 and Sonim RT80

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The Durabook U11 is a ruggedized tablet that connects to a full size 88-key membrane-protective keyboard.

Construction-tough tablets/laptops are having their day. In May, we told you about the Panasonic Toughbook S1, easily handled 7-inch tablet that weighs less than a pound and is made for the rigors of field operation.  

Now there's the new Durabook U11 and Sonim UT80, both designed to take on tough jobs.


Sometimes you need a laptop. Sometimes a tablet would be better. With the new Durabook U11 you can have both in a single product.  At its core the U11 is a ruggedized tablet, but it also connects to a full size 88-key membrane-protective keyboard with backlit keys offering three levels of brightness.

As a laptop the U11 is tested to MIL-STD 810H shock and vibration and IP65 ingress specifications. The keyboard’s built-in handle makes it easy to carry. When detached, the tablet half of the device gives you an 11.6-inch touchscreen display that can be used while wearing gloves and in bright daylight conditions.

For connecting to peripherals, the U11 adds up to three USB 3.2 Gen 1 interfaces and options for one HDMI and one LAN port with a USB Type A connector. Inside you’ll find an Intel 10th Gen CPU, Windows 10 Pro operating system, up to 16GB of RAM, quick-release SSD, and DOD-level security.


Sonim’s RT80 is a lightweight, ruggedized Android 10 computing platform with 4G LTE connectivity, an 8-inch screen and a high-capacity battery for multi-shift performance.

Customizable buttons and applications on the RT80 allow contractors to tailor the device to their workflow, making it suitable as an addition to any IoT suite, SmartCity or SmartFactory deployment to easily accesses and processes IoT data.

The glove-friendly touchscreen is sunlight readable, and the unit is water-, dust- and drop-proof, as well as chemical resistant. To minimize the risk of contamination, it can be cleaned and sanitized with bleach, alcohol and other disinfectants. It supports SonimWare Enterprise Mobility Software, a comprehensive set of software tools, applications and utilities that help improve management and productivity.