Harris isn’t a name you’ll see often on Android Community – it’s a communication contractor that works on various government and armed forces projects. But their new RF-3590 tablet is surely an eye-catching machine, especially if you happen to be an active-duty soldier or marine. The Honeycomb tablet is specifically designed to withstand the harsh environments of war, with a huge shock-absorbing frame around a 7-inch screen. Mil-spec construction makes it practically waterproof and dustproof, though it may or may not stop a bullet.

This isn’t some cheap OEM with extra padding, either: The RF-3590 is running full Honeycomb on a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, with 8-megapixel cameras on both the front and the back. Specialized software allows commanders to indicate the position of enemy troops and friendlies on a GPS map, making the tablet intended for use during combat. As far as we know, this is the first tablet of any kind intended for that purpose.

The screen is a bit cramped at 1024×600, the most common resolution for 7-inchers. But I doubt that someone who’s trading bullets with terrorists will have time to stop and count the pixels. There’s no word on pricing or date, not that it’s likely to become available to civilians, anyway. Check with your quartermaster in a few months, servicemen and women – and please resist the urge to install Angry Birds.

[via Talk Android]



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