There are plenty of ruggedized smartphones, but we see fewer tablets with similar protection in the market. The Earl tablet is an ambitious tablet development project that is in the funding stage at the moment. Thanks to the more reliable and energy-efficient E-ink display, the Earl should be a decent company for outdoors enthusiasts. Measuring only 6” (1024 x 768), the display is very usable when used under bright sunlight.

The most noteworthy feature is the hard-shell case and it will survive easily when subjected to dust and water exposure. Inside, the tablet is powered by the efficient 1GHz Freescale i.MX6. Dual Light single-core processor. Connectivity options include classic AM/FM radio, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.

Outdoor-oriented devices won’t mean much without good power solution. The Earl can last about 20 hours thanks to the 3000mAh battery. The quick-charging technology using crystalline solar panel can convert nearly 20 percent of direct sunlight into usable power. Certified with IP67 standards, the Earl can basically be exposed to mud, shock, dust and water without malfunctioning.

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