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Second generation of Getac's compact, rugged 8.1-inch Windows tablet more powerful, more efficient, and sporting a terrific new IPS display
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The T800 is Getac's entry into the compact 8-inch rugged tablet market. Its footprint is just a little larger than that of an iPad mini, making it easy to carry around and stow almost anywhere. The T800 was initially introduced Spring 2014, then received a tech refresh in 2016. Getac designed this tablet for use in extreme working environments including those found in the utilities, military, field service, field-based professionals, public safety and transportation sectors.

Where the Getac T800 fits in

Almost anywhere. The second-generation Getac T800 measures 8.9 x 5.9 inches, is about 0.9 inches thick, and weighs just over two pounds. It's smaller than it looks in pictures. The image below shows how the T800 compares with Getac's larger 11.6-inch F110 tablet (see our Getac F110 review).

The Getac T800's 8-inch display makes it super-compact and very handy, while at the same time offering a full third more display real estate than most 7-inch class tablets. Getac, in fact, is one of the very few who offers a rugged tablet in the 8-inch size class.

This being a rugged device capable of handling plenty of punishment on the job, don't expect a sliver-thin tablet. Between sturdy construction with beefy corner protection and plenty of connectivity, the T800 is a tool for the job rather than a media consumption tablet. The image compilation below shows the tablet from all four sides.

A great new IPS display

With tablets, usability in a very wide range of settings and conditions is everthing, and for that you need the best possible display. The Getac T800's 8.1-inch screen has 1280 x 800 pixel resolution (that's 186 pixels per inch, about the same sharpness as a Dell UltraSharp 4k desktop monitor), uses capacitive multi-touch, and has a bright 600 nits backlight. A huge improvement here is the switch from an older TN display to an IPS LCD which brings near perfect viewing angles from all directions, as well as complete elimination of color and contrast shifts.

The new screen also benefits from Getac's sunlight-readable LumiBond 2 display technology that employs direct bonding of touch panel, glass and the LCD, and also allows wet and glove touch modes as well as a stylus with a hard, narrow (3.5mm) tip. An active digitizer is optional.

State-of-the-art technology

The processor is now a quad-core Intel "Cherry Trail" X7-Z8700 running at 1.6GHz (see Intel X7-8700 page). The chip — which is based on super-efficient 14nm process technology and can reach burst frequencies of up to 2.4GHz — has integrated Intel Gen 8 HD graphics, essentially scaled-down Broadwell-generation Intel HD graphics. Standard configurations include 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM (expandable to 8GB) and 64GB or 128GB of eMMC solid state storage.

That said, do not expect the kind of full Intel Core processor performance available in Getac's full-size tablets or ultra-rugged B300 laptop. The purpose here is to make available the full Windows 10 operating platform in a small and handy tablet for the field. It's not, however, for the kind of processing-intensive deployments Getac's heavy-duty machinery was designed for. The table below shows how the T800 compares to some of Getac's other rugged products:

Getac T800 Gen 2 Benchmarks/Comparisons
Model T800 B300 F110 RX10
Type Tablet Laptop Tablet Tablet
Year 2017 2017 2015 2015
Processor Type: Intel Atom X7 Core i7 Core i7 Core M
Processor Model 8700 6500U 5500U 5Y71
CPU Speed 1.60 GHz 2.50 GHz 2.40 GHz 1.20 GHz
Turbo Speed 2.40 GHz 3.10 GHz 3.00 GHz 2.90 GHz
TDP/SDP 2 watts SDP 15 watts TDP 15 watts TDP 4.5 watts SDP
CPU Mark 1,620.3 4,577.3 3,864.1 2,798.1
2D Graphics Mark 104.7 490.2 514.7 507.1
Memory Mark 284.1 1,335.3 1,215.6 1,008.4
Disk Mark 601.1 2,916.0 3,790.4 2,829.2
3D Graphics Mark 162.6 564.6 399.1 310.6
Overall PassMark 643.0 2,195.8 2,140.1 1,611.2
ALU 21,118 48,741 45,208 38,206
FPU 18,082 51,552 41,610 29,166
MEM 17,648 58,244 30,389 37,364
HDD 18,620 33,772 41,405 34,611
GDI 3,420 17,007 16,218 16,010
D2D 4,000 6,194 6,438 4,425
OGL 2,984 15,246 10,543 7,747
Overall CrystalMark 85,882 230,756 191,811 167,529

The numbers show where the T800 fits in. Note that both the Getac B300 laptop and the Getac F110 tablet are among the highest-performing rugged mobile systems available on the market today. While the small T800 doesn't come close to those numbers, it's actually more than 50% faster than the original heavy-duty, high-performance B300 laptop we tested nine years ago.

As far as communications capabilities go, there's speedy 802.11ac WiFi and Class 1 Bluetooth v4.0, now via an Intel Dual band Wireless-AC 7265 module. Optionally available are 4G LTE WWAN (Verizon XLTE-ready, which means it adds the 1700/2100 MHz spectrum) and GlobalSat dedicated GPS, as well as either an integrated 1D/2D barcode reader or an RJ45 LAN port or a legacy RS232 serial port or or a Micro SD card slot via a fully integrated expansion slot.

Minuscule power draw

The T800's primary 31 watt-hour Li-Ion battery is said to provide up to eight hours of operation between charges, easily surpassing run time of the first-generation unit. A second battery of the same capacity can be added as a SnapBack module, doubling runtime. Our battery draw testing showed power draws as little as 1.8 watts, and only 3.2 watts with the backlight at 100%. This would indicate that Getac's 8-hour estimate is conservative.

Excellent expandability and data capture options

The Getac T800 excels in configurability and productivity-enhancing data capture capabilities. Its industrial-grade scanner provides low-light sensitivity, omni-directional rotation, and much better speed and reading distance than software-based solutions. A discrete GPS option can work in conjunction with the unit's e-compass and 3-axis accelerometer for extra location precision.

SnapBack add-ons can provide a Smart Card reader plus either 13.56MHz RFID/NFC or a magstripe reader. Or a second battery. The picture below illustrates the Getac T800's "SnapBack" approach of adding functionality and features. The system is called SnapBack because it simply snaps on; no tools needed.

The Getac T800 tablet has dual cameras, the front one a webcam with full 1080p HD resolution for video calls, the rear one an autofocus unit with 8mp. There is a USB 3.0 port, Micro HDMI, and, for vehicle deployments, triple pass-through antenna ports to simultaneously connect high-gain GPS, WWAN and WLAN roof-mounted antennas. The Havis Docking Station for the Getac T800 comes in no fewer than eight specialized versions to meet any conceivable vehicle and mounting need (see Havis dock page).

Beefed-up security

Security is becoming ever more important, and Getac addressed this in the second generation of the T800 with a standard TPM 2.0 module (the first gen had an optional TPM 1.2 module), strong multifactor authentication, and full support for Windows 10 security features to help protect against known and emerging threats.

This includes BitLocker hard drive encryption that protects data at rest, in use and in transit. Microsoft Passport and Credential Guard provide additional protection, using virtualization-based security to isolate certain data so that only privileged system software can access them. In the event that the system is ever stolen, optional Absolute DDS allows it to be disabled remotely. There's also a slot for the simple but effective Kensington lock, and customers can specify either a fingerprint reader or Smart Card reader.

Toughest tablet in Getac's lineup

On the ruggedness side, the T800 remains Getac's toughest tablet. It can handle 6-foot transit drops, has a wide operating temperature range of -6° to +122° degrees Fahrenheit (-21°C to +50° Celsius), and carries IP65 sealing, where the "6" stands for complete protection against dust, and the "5" for protection against low pressure water jets from all directions, with limited ingress permitted. Getac likely performed MIL-STD-810G testing for all pertinent ruggedness categories.

A big step forward

With this second generation of its very compact and very rugged T800, Getac offers a fine-tuned implementation of this handy tablet with updated technology, higher performance, longer battery life, and enhanced security. Perhaps best of all, the combination of a new IPS-based display and a much better hard-tipped stylus should make for drastically better real-life outdoor usability.
Specifications Getac T800 G2
Added/updated Added 06/2016
Form-factor Rugged Windows tablet
OS Windows 10 Professional
Processor Quad-core "Cherry Trail" Intel X7-Z8700 w/ 2MB cache
CPU Speed 1.6 GHz (2.4 GHz Turbo Boost)
CPU SDP 2 watts
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Standard/Max RAM 4GB to 8GB LPDDR3
Disk/drive eMMC 64GB/128GB solid state
Card slots Integrated expansion slot (one of 1D/2D barcode, serial, Micro SD, LAN), SnapBack options (2-in-1 Smartcard and RFID/NFC OR 2-in-1 SmartCard and MSR), factory installed options: either 1D/2D barcode reader or RS232 or gigabit RJ45 LAN or microSD card
Display type Sunlight-readable direct-bonded LumiBond 2.0 display, 600 nits, Gorilla Glass
Display size/res 8.1-inch/1280 x 800 pixel (186 ppi)
Digitizer/pens 10-point capacitive multi-touch, glove/pen/wet modes, 3.5mm hard tip pen; optional active digitizer
Keyboard/scale Optional external
Sealing IP65
Shock 26 drops from 6-foot
Operating temperature -6°F to +122°F (-21°C to +50°C)
Humidity 95% relative, non-condensing
Intrinsic safety Optional ANSI/ISA 12.12.01
Housing Polymer plastic with plastic/rubber armor
Size (WxHxD) 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches (227 x 151 x 24 mm)
Weight 1.94 lbs. (0.88 kg) with battery
Power 7.4V 4,200mAH 31.1 watt-hour Li-Ion "up to 8 hours", opt. SnapBack second 14.4V 2,100mAH 30,2 watt-hourbattery
Security TPM 2.0, Windows 10 & optional Absolute DDS, Smartcard reader (contact or contactless)
Interface 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x Micro HDMI, audio in/out, dock; optional via SnapBack modules: SmartCard & RFID, SmartCard & magstripe; expansion slot can contain 1D/2D barcode reader OR RS232 COM port OR RJ45 gigabit LAN jack OR MicroSD card reader.
Cameras HD webcam (front), 5mp (rear)
Sensors e-Compass, 3-axis accelerometer
Communications Intel Dual band Wireless-AC 7265 802.11ac, Class 1 Bluetooth 4.0; dedicated Globalsat 51xx Series GNSS; optional 3G/4G LTE Sierra Wireless AirPrime WWAN, Verizon XLTE-ready, 3 x pass-through antenna ports
List price Starting at US$1,349; 4G LTE version starting at US$1,749
Warranty 3-year "bumper-to-bumper"
Brochure Getac T800 G2 brochure
Website T800 on Getac web
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