Casio has just unveiled two new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rugged tablet devices, the two tablets named the V-T500-GE and V-T500-E devices which have been encased in a rubber shell with a rugged edge that allows the tablets to be dropped from a metre.

Both of the devices are splash and dustproof and have been awarded an International Protection Rating of 54, they also have pretty good internals which include a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 10.1 inch display and NFC technology.

The only thing is there not much different we can see between the two devices apart from the added G and the 3G compatibility on the V-T500-GE.

Casio is keeping it quite on prices and availability  just yet, but we will let you know when they release something.

Check out the press release below for more information.

[spoiler show=”Show Press Release” hide=”Hide Press Release”]Casio to Launch Tough Tablets with Specialized Business FeaturesNorderstedt Germany, July 27, 2012 –CASIO Europe GmbH., announced today the release of the V-T500-GE, V-T500-E, V-N500-GE and V-N500-E business tablets. Based on a product concept of “Smart and Tough,” these new tablets offer rugged, dependable performance and a full range of features to suit various work styles.

The new tablets make the most of the advanced design and energy-saving technologies of Casio’s handheld terminals while incorporating innovative ideas that will challenge how people think about what a tablet can do.

Developed using Casio’s advanced shock-resistant design, the V-T500-GE  V-T500-E, V-N500-GE and V-N500-E can withstand a drop of up to one meter, and also feature dust and splash-proof performance compliant with IP54 standards. The large-capacity, dedicated rechargeable battery provides an extensive operating time, and can be replaced easily by the user on the move. The new tablets also deliver tough, robust security, coming with an NFC Reader/Writer that can authenticate user login using a non-contact IC card, and they have a Secure Access Module (SAM) slot for applications where even higher security is required.

The new tablets run Android™ 4.0 and are equipped with an OMAP4460 1.5GHz dual core CPU. The 10.1-inch screen offers excellent readability indoors and out, and offer multi-finger touch control as well as digitizer pen input for ease of use. Also built in are an NFC Reader/Writer to support recognition of RFID tags and 5.0-megapixel cameras on both sides. These new tablets are ideal for a wide range of business applications, including in-store customer service, maintenance operations, and sales visits.

  • Can withstand a drop of one meter, splash/dust-proof (IP54 compliant), and have a replaceable, rechargeable battery for many hours of operation
  • NFC Reader/Writer that can recognize non-contact IC cards and RFID tags
  • Login authentication function using a non-contact IC card, and a Secure Access Module slot for an even higher degree of security
  • 5.0-megapixel cameras on the front and rear for a wide range of uses such as sending status reports to management
  • Easy-to-view 10.1” screen can be controlled with multi-finger touch or a digitizer pen
  • Lineup includes a model with 3G Wireless WAN (HSPA) technology, useful for work in the field

 

There are models called “Paper Writer” of two model variants is an innovative mobile tool for digitizing handwritten meeting minutes, memorandum, or business reports extremely easy. You can hold a notepad inside the jacket of Paper Writer. And simply by your closing it, Paper Writer takes a snap shot of your written image instantly. You can place opened Paper Writer in landscape, standing upright and close a notebook on the desk. Paper Writer automatically snapshots each turn, while you’re leafing through pages. Taken photo is recorded in searchable file format, after its distortion is compensated and smart link to scheduler application is added.

Model

3G Wireless WAN
(HSPA)

GPS

NFC
Reader / Writer

5.0-megapixel
camera on rear

5.0-megapixel
camera on front

  V-T500-GE

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

  V-T500-E

YES

YES

YES

YES

  V-N500-GE

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES*1

  V-N500-E

YES

YES

YES

YES*1

*1:Document scanner

V-T500-GE/T500-E/N500-GE/N500-E Main Features

  • Outstanding toughness that can withstand a drop of one meter
    In addition to an impact-resistant frame construction, the V-T500-GE, V-T500-E, V-N500-GE and V-N500-E ability to survive a drop of up to one meter is aided by reinforcements such as corner protectors made of elastomer resin for superior shock absorption. The tablets are also IP54 compliant and can operate at temperatures down to -20°C. Moreover, the cradle and cradle-type charger feature non-contact charging, which eliminates charging problems that arise from poor contact. The tablets meet the challenging requirements of many different work environments.
  • Large-capacity rechargeable battery pack provides many hours of continuous operation and can be replaced easily by the user
    With the large-capacity rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and the painstaking power-saving design, the tablets can operate continuously for approx. 12 hours*1 (approx. 10 hours*2 for the T500E/N500E). The main lithium-polymer rechargeable battery pack can be replaced easily by the user. Since a backup battery maintains operation of the tablet, there is no downtime while the rechargeable battery is being replaced.*1: In the case of 3 hours of operation (in which the following cycle is repeated: 3 minutes of 3G Wireless WAN transmission, 1 minute of screen viewing, and 6 minutes of application operation), and 9 hours of standby (3G Wireless WAN standby / screen off).
    *2: When the following cycle is repeated: 1 minute of data transmission, 1 minute of video playback, 3 minutes of screen viewing, and 10 minutes of standby (screen off).
  • 5.0-megapixel cameras front and rear
    The V-T500-GE, V-T500-E, V-N500-GE and V-N500-E are equipped with a front camera that can even shoot video, and a rear camera that has an LED light. The two cameras can be used for a wide range of purposes including sending status reports to management.
  • NFC Reader/Writer that can even utilize RFID tags
    The tablets can read/write RFID tags (13.56 MHz) that comply with standards for non-contact IC card such as FeliCa® and MIFARE® or ISO 15693. They are also equipped with a SAM slot for an even higher level of security.
  • Large 10.1” screen with multi-finger touch or digitizer pen control
    The V-T500-GE, V-T500-E, V-N500-GE and V-N500-E are equipped with a large 10.1-inch screen with LED backlight for outstanding readability. The screen features a capacitive touch panel that detects six multi-touch points, as well as a high-precision digitizer. In addition to finger touch input, a digitizer pen can be used. Applications can also be developed that operate differently based on the input method used (finger-touch or digitizer pen), even at the same point on the screen.
  • Various scalability options
    Supporting Bluetooth® Ver.4.0+EDR/LE, the new tablets work with compatible devices such as mobile printers and headsets. In addition, they feature double slots for SD memory cards and for microSD cards, allowing for the installation of applications up front, and easy data migration at the time of unit replacement. Also equipped with USB host, USB client, and HDMI ports, the tablets are versatile enough to meet the needs of a wide range of business environments.
  • Multiple handling options
    The V-T500-GE, V-T500-E, V-N500-GE and V-N500-E come with a hand belt for securely holding the tablet horizontally or vertically, a neck strap that can be worn over the shoulder, and a screen cover that can also be used as a stand. These accessories make the tablets readily adaptable to various work environments.
  • Equipped with a 3G wireless WAN module (V-T500-GE/N500-GE)

 

V-N500-GE/N500-E Main Features

  • Document Scanner
    The handwritten images of meeting minutes, memorandum, or business reports can be digitized by built-in front camera application. No clumsy photographic arrangement is required to you.- Page Closing Shot
    You can put a notepad(A5 size) inside the jacket of Paper Writer. And simply by your closing it, Paper Writer takes a snap shot of written image instantly.

    – Page Flipping Shot
    You can place opened Paper Writer in landscape, standing upright and close a bounded notebook (A5 size) on the desk. Paper Writer automatically snapshots each turn, while you’re leafing through pages.

    – Retrieval Assistance
    Taken photo file is tagged by the date-and-time and the subject words linked to scheduler application. The decoded handwritten symbols may also be added as search indexes.

V-T500-GE/T500-E/N500-GE/N500-E Main Accessories 

Digitizer pen (HA-M96PEN)

Hand belt (HA-M95HB)

Cradle (HA-M62IO)

Neck Strap (HA-M97ST)

Cradle-type battery charger (HA-M30CHG)

Screen cover (HA-M98DC)

Dual battery charger (HA-M32DCHG)

Car adapter (HA-M37CAC)

V-T500-GE/T500-E/N500-GE/N500-E Specifications

Model

V-T500-GE

V-N500-GE

V-T500-E

V-N500-E

Platform

Android™ 4.0

CPU

OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual Core

Memory

RAM

1GB

FROM

16GB

Environment

Drop Durability

1.0m *Not guaranteed

Dust/Splash-proof

IP54 (compliant with IEC60529 standard)

Operating Temperature

-20°C–50°C

Digital Cameras

Front Camera

5.0-megapixel auto focus camera

Still Images
Movies

Document scanner

Still Images
Movies

Document scanner

Rear Camera

5.0-megapixel autofocus camera with LED light

NFC Reader/Writer Standard

NFC Interface Protocol-2 (ISO21481)

Frequency

13.56MHz

RFID Tag

ISO15693 (I?CODE® SLI / Tag-it® / my-d®)

Non-contact IC Card

ISO14443 Type A (MIFARE®) / ISO14443 Type B / FeliCa®

Secure Access Module

SAM Slots x 1

Sensor

GPS

16 channel-receiver

Others

Acceleration sensor, geomagnetic sensor, light sensor

Input Finger Touch

6-point multi-touch capacitive touch panel

Pen Compatibility

Compatible with a digitizer pen (sold separately)

Buttons

Power button, volume button, function button A, function button B,
screen lock button (function button C)

Display

LCD

10.1-inch color LCD with LED backlight

Indicator

Indicator 1: Battery charging status, Indicator 2: Operating status

Audio

Speaker

Built-in (stereo)

Buzzer

Built-in

Microphone

Built-in (monaural)

Wireless
Communication

Wireless WAN

HSPA / UMTS /EGPRS (EDGE) / GPRS

Wireless LAN
(Security: WPA2 / AES)

Compliant with IEEE802.11a standard (Maximum: 54 Mbps)
Compliant with IEEE802.11b standard (Maximum: 11 Mbps)
Compliant with IEEE802.11g standard (Maximum: 54 Mbps)
Compliant with IEEE802.11n standard (Maximum: 300Mbps)

Bluetooth®

Bluetooth® Ver.4.0+EDR/LE

Card Slots

SD

SD Memory Card (SDHC supported) x1

microSD

microSD Card (microSDHC Memory Card supported) ×1

USB

Host

USB2.0 TypeA×1

Client

USB2.0 Mini-B×1

HDMI out

mini HDMI×1

Power Supply Power Supply Methods

Lithium-polymer battery pack (bundled) or AC adaptor (bundled)

Main Battery

Lithium-polymer battery pack (replaceable by user)

Operating Period

Approx. 12 hours*1

Approx. 10 hours*2

*1: In the case of 3 hours of operation (in which the following cycle is repeated: 3 minutes of 3G Wireless WAN transmission, 1 minute of screen viewing, and 6 minutes of application operation), and 9 hours of standby (3G Wireless WAN standby / screen off).
*2: When the following cycle is repeated: 1 minute of data transmission, 1 minute of video playback, 3 minutes of screen viewing, and 10 minutes of standby (screen off).

Charging Method

Bundled AC adapter / cradle (sold separately) /
cradle-type battery charger (sold separately) / dual battery charger (sold separately)

Charge Time

Approx. 6 hours

Sub Battery

Lithium battery (rechargeable) on board

Backup Duration

After low battery warning: 72 hours; During battery replacement: 10 minutes

Dimensions/
Weight

Dimensions (W×H×D)

Approx. 269 x 14.4 x 190mm

Approx. 270 x 30 x 220mm

Approx. 269 x 14.4 x 190mm

Approx. 270 x 30 x 220mm

Weight
(Including Battery Pack)

Approx. 780g

Approx. 1.3Kg

Approx. 780g

Approx. 1.3Kg

Bundled Accessories

AC adapter ×1, Lithium-polymer rechargeable battery pack ×1

1 .Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
2. FeliCa is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
3. MIFARE is a registered trademark of NXP B.V.
4. The BLUETOOTH registered trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A., and licensed to CASIO Computer Co., Ltd.
5. Other company and product names are generally registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective companies.
6. Specifications in the table above are current as of July 2012, and may be changed without prior notice.

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