The best rugged tablets 2017: the best drop-proof tablets you can buy

Having the best rugged tablet for your workplace needs is essential, especially if you work outside, or in a busy environment where accidents can occur.

Having a tablet that can withstand liquids being spilt on it, drops and knocks and even extreme temperatures, means you won't have to keep paying for a new device every time something happens.

The best rugged tablet will feature reinforced screens to stop them cracking, and durable bodies that won't break if you drop them. However, they should also maintain their slim and light designs. These rugged tablets also boast many of the features regular tablets offer, such as bright and vibrant touchscreens, huge collections of apps, and easy-to-carry designs, while also adding a layer of ruggedness that keeps them protected.

While you won't get a rugged tablet that's as slim and light as the iPad Air 2, it doesn't mean you should have to lug around a chunky and unwieldy tablet either.

So, to help you find the best rugged tablet, we've put together this list, which gather the top shock and drop-proof tablets on the market today. 

If you're working outside, then the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is easily one of the best rugged tablets on the market today. This is thanks not only to its tough design that is shock resistant to to drops of up ton 180cm, but also because the display has been designed to be used outdoors in bright sunlight – so you'll still be able to use the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 no matter how bright your surroundings are. The screen supports 10-finger multi-touch, it runs on Windows 10 Pro, it's water and dust resistant and comes with a configuration port for a variety of expansions (serial, LAN, 2D Barcode Reader, NFC).

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If you're looking for a rugged Windows tablet that can withstand an impressive amount of punishment, then the Getac F110 is an excellent choice. Its durable body can withstand moisture, extreme temperatures and drops, without it being bulky or heavy. It is certified to MIL-STD 810G, 1P65 and MIL-STD-461F standards. The most recent version of this tablet comes with 6th generation Intel Core processors, so there's plenty of power here, and a dual battery system means you can easily swap them out without having to pause.

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The HP ElitePad 1000 is a fantastic business laptop, and it can be configured to come in a rugged design that is IP65 and MIL-STD 810G tested. It can withstand a 6ft drop onto linoleum-covered concrete. It features an Intel Atom processor, which isn't the most powerful CPU, but it's still capable of handling most business applications.  Biometric security keeps your important data safe, and HP also offers a range of accessories, such as docking stations and additional batteries.

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The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is a 2-in-1 rugged device, which means it has an attachable keyboard that allow it to work as either a laptop or as a tablet. When in tablet mode, the Toughbook CF-33 is an excellent durable machine , with MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certification, which means it can survive shocks, drops liquids and dust. The battery life is a bit on the short side compared to other rugged tablets on this list, but you can quickly swap out the battery when you need extra time. You can also buy extended batteries that double the run time from 10 hours to 20. This is an additional cost, however.

Dell is another well-known brand that produces rugged tablets. The Dell Latitude 12 is one such device, and Dell has recently updated the model with more up-to-date components, though the processor still feels a little outdated. However, you do get an excellently-built tablet that has IP65, MIL-STD-810G and IP-810G certifications (rather than merely meeting the standards in laboratory tests). Dell's customary high build quality is evident here, and while it isn't the most glamorous looking tablet, it does the job of withstanding harsh conditions, and accidental drops. Price-wise, the Dell Latitude 12 is also pretty competitive, and as with other Dell products, you're able to configure the hardware to meet your specific needs and budget.

Unlike other rugged tablets on this list, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active isn't designed for industrial-grade protection. However, what it does provide is IP67 certification for dust and water ingress, and a battery that lasts between eight to 10 hours. Plus, it supports replaceable batteries, so you can keep on working even if you're away from a power supply, and it's drop-tested to 1.2 metres. A decent camera and NFC technology are included, and it's rounded off with Samsung's customary excellent build quality.

This 10.1-inch Android tablet can withstand drops up to five feet, as well as being water and dust resistant. While it's bulkier and heavier than non-rugged tablets, it's still portable enough to be easily carried around worksites. Its screen isn't the highest resolution, but with a 500 Nit backlight, it is excellent for use in direct sunlight. It's not the most powerful tablet on this list, but it's a more affordable alternative for people who want to use an Android device outside and on the road.

The Getac Z710 is a handy rugged tablet that does pretty much everything you'd want from an Android tablet, while coming in a rugged body. Design-wise the Getac Z710 is one of the better looking rugged tablets we've seen, and it comes with a number of business-orientated features that make it an excellent choice for enterprise use. The 7-inch screen is crisp and responsive to touch, but it does have a habit of showing off glare in direct lights. It has been tested for drops up to six foot, and is  MIL-STD-810G certified, while Corning Gorilla glass protects the screen from shattering.

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Best mining GPU 2017: the best graphics cards for mining Bitcoin, Ethereum and more

Looking for the best mining GPU for earning Bitcoin, Ethereum and more? Then you've come to the right place, as we list the top graphics cards for generating cryptocurrencies, along with the very best prices so you can start earning quickly and easily.

If you've spent a lot of time on the internet, then you've probably heard of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies that many people are hyping as the digital currencies of the future.

The idea behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum is that they are generated and transferred between individuals, without relying on central authorities, such as traditional banks.

Part of the appeal of mining for cryptocurrency is that you can use a regular PC to do the mining. Many cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum, use memory hard hashing techniques, and therefore a PC with a decent GPU with a good amount of graphics memory is required.

So, when looking for the best GPU for mining, you'll want to bear in mind the amount of memory a card has, as well as cost and power consumption. Using your GPU for mining won't yield huge amounts of  cryptocurrency at first, unless you're willing to invest a lot of money on multiple GPUs. That means you'll want to minimise your initial outlay and running costs to maximise your profits.

So, that's why we've created this list of the best mining GPUs, as not only have we looked into the specific requirements a mining graphics card needs, but we've also included our Hawk price comparison technology to bring you the very best prices.

Before you start mining for Bitcoin, Ethereum or other cryptocurrencies, make sure you read the following articles so you know everything you need to before you begin.

Nvidia's GTX 1070 isn't just a great graphics card for gaming, it's also an excellent mining GPU. This is because it manages a high hash rate of around 30 mh/s without needed too much power. Remember, the more power a GPU requires, the more expensive it is to run, which will eat into your cryptocurrency profits. As with many recent Nvidia GPUs, the 1070 is on the pricey side, so you will have to take an initial hit when starting up, but if you're into cryptocurrency mining for the long run, the 1070 is easily the best mining GPU currently available.

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The AMD Radeon RX 580 is one of the very best GPUs for mining, and in fact is a bit of a victim of its own success, as it can sometimes be difficult to find. However, its popularity is warranted, as it offers an excellent hash rate of 29 mh/s, while also keeping the electricity consumption low as well. It's also cheaper than the GTX 1070, and if you don't mind tweaking a few settings, you'll be very pleased with this card's mining performance.

If you want a low cost of entry into the world of mining, then the AMD RX 480 is an excellent choice. This is because it is a bit older than the AMD Radeon RX 580, so prices are lower – when you can find one in stock. Yep, this is another AMD card that can be difficult to track down thanks to its mining ability. However with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, it achieves a decent hash rate of 28mh/s, and again doesn't require too much power. There are also versions available with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, if you're looking for an even lower cost mining GPU.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is one of the best value-packed graphics card on the market right now. Benchmarks prove it runs faster than the Nvidia GTX 1070 and, thanks to the Bitcoin mining craze, it’s also cheaper to boot.  Again, it can be a tricky GPU to track down, and it's power consumption means it can end up being a pricey GPU to run 24/7 in a mining rig, but it performs very well at mining, so if you can find one, it's definitely worth considering.

The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti remains one of the most powerful graphics cards in the world, and is our recommendation as the best graphics card for 4K gaming. However, as a mining GPU, it is also an excellent choice, but there are a few considerations that prevent it being higher up this list. First of all, it's still an expensive GPU, and the power consumption is high compared to other cards. This means the return on your investment is less, and will take longer to cover your costs. If you don't mind splashing out on this GPU (or you're going to also use it to play games with), then you'll be very happy with the results, especially as with a bit of tweaking you can get a hash rate of 32 mh/s.

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OnePlus 5T release date, news and rumors

Update: We've now seen another image supposedly showing the OnePlus 5T, and once again it shows an almost bezel-free design.

Sitting safely in the top ten of our favorite smartphones right now, the OnePlus 5 is one of the best phones you can buy at the moment… but that said, in some markets it's currently off sale.

On the official OnePlus website you can no longer buy the OnePlus 5, which is particularly strange as the handset is less than six months old.

Why would OnePlus drop the phone from its range so early? We've asked OnePlus, but we haven't heard back yet and rumor has it the OnePlus 5T may be just around the corner.

Last year the company revealed the OnePlus 3 in June followed by a new replacement handset called the OnePlus 3T in November 2016.

Some are predicting the company may be ready to do the same with the OnePlus 5, so we've put together all of the rumors and leaks we've seen so far about the OnePlus 5T.

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Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A new flagship phone from OnePlus
  • When is it out? Possibly November 2017, but likely 2018 as the OnePlus 6
  • What will it cost? Around the price of the OnePlus 5 at $479 (£449, around AU$630) 

OnePlus 5T release date and price

  • Some rumors point toward a November 2017 release date
  • We initially didn't expect a new OnePlus phone until June 2018
  • Likely costs less than most flagships at around $479 (£449, around AU$630) 

Right, this is where it gets a little complicated. So, OnePlus released two phones last year with the OnePlus 3 in June and a follow-up handset called the OnePlus 3T in November.

The OnePlus 3T bumped the OnePlus 3 off of the company's official store, and some people are predicting the same thing will happen this year too.

One report from GizmoChina – from what the publication calls a reliable source who has been right 80% of the time – suggests the phone will be announced in November this year and released soon after.

We don't have any idea how much the OnePlus 5T is set to cost, but we'd assume it would be a similar amount to the OnePlus 5 or perhaps even a little extra because of the improved spec.

The OnePlus launched at $479 (£449, around AU$630) so we're hoping for it to be less than most flagship phones on the market right now.

OnePlus 5T news and rumors

Rumors for the OnePlus 5T aren't numerous right now and most of the information we've seen has come from one source known to GizmoChina.

The site is confident in the anonymous source and the leak is quite extensive, suggesting the phone will come with a 2160 x 1080 resolution, 18:9 ratio 6-inch display. That would make the OnePlus 5T look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG V30 that we've already seen launch this year.

The render below is supplied by the same source and shows how the 5T has super thin bezels. The source can't currently confirm whether it will have curved screen edges or not and there's no sign of what the phone looks like from the rear.

Source: GizmoChina

It's also important to note that this render looks identical to the Oppo F5 that leaked previously, but the source is adamant this is the OnePlus 5T and that it will look the same as the phone from OnePlus's parent company Oppo.

Another image has also leaked out, this time a lower quality render showing the handset in black, sporting a seemingly identical design to the picture above.

Credit: Slashleaks

And hang on… what have we here? Yet another rendering recently leaked out to the web (below), showing some shrunken down bezels and a fingerprint sensor around the back of the device.

Again the source is GizmoChina, so most of these leaks seem to be coming from the same place.

Other specs are relatively uncertain but we'd expect it to be similar to the OnePlus 5. That means the OnePlus 5T will likely have two 16MP rear sensors, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, at least 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

We'd also expect the phone to launch with the latest version of Android, which would be Android Oreo.

Will the OnePlus 5T happen?

It's very uncertain right now. The OnePlus 3T was a strange addition to the line-up in 2016 and felt like a one-off purely because Qualcomm had introduced a more stable chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 821 to replace the Snapdragon 820 that was inside the original OnePlus 3.

That was arguably the only major change inside the OnePlus 3T compared to the OnePlus 3, but this time around we've seen rumors point to a much more upgraded OnePlus 5T when compared to the OnePlus 5.

Considering Qualcomm hasn't introduced a new flagship chipset yet, it may be that everything above is actually a very early leak of the OnePlus 6. Only time will tell.

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Huawei is working on a foldable phone for 2018

2017 was the year when bezels were out and big screens were in – could 2018 be the year when everyone brings out a foldable phone? We've already seen the ZTE Axon M, featuring a dual display with a hinge, and it sounds like Huawei has something similar in the works for a potential 2018 launch.

The company's CEO Richard Yu told CNET that Huawei already has a "working sample" that it's working on refining. Apparently it follows the blueprint set down by the Axon M, but the manufacturer's engineers are working on reducing the gap between the phone's two displays.

For the time being at least, it seems as though foldable phones will be two displays stitched together, but in the longer term we could see one seamless display that can bend in the middle. Yu says Huawei could launch its first foldable phone next year, but the timeline isn't set yet.

The future is foldable

In terms of looks and form factor, smartphones haven't changed all that much over the past decade, although the phones of 2017 certainly look better than their predecessors. Foldable technology could be just the hardware innovation that handset makers have been looking for.

Rumors of a foldable Samsung phone called the Galaxy X have been swirling for years, and it sounds like 2018 might finally be the year when it sees the light of day. Meanwhile, LG and Apple have also been tipped to launch something similar in the not too distant future.

It's certainly a massive engineering challenge to get this kind of technology working, and working well, but if the big companies can crack it then it's likely to lead to a boost in sales. As soon as Huawei makes anything official we will of course let you know, but in the meantime there's the Huawei Mate 10 to consider.

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