RuggON LUNA 3 8-inch rugged Home windows pill

RuggON LUNA 3 8-inch rugged Home windows pill


Compact, ultra-rugged high-performance 8-inch pill for when you want Home windows in a small bundle
By means of Conrad H. Blickenstorfer; images through Carol Cotton

Taiwan-based RuggON’s said challenge is to
perceive the other calls for in each and every distinctive {industry} to supply software orientated & adapted answers which are most productive and but efficient.” Along with its emphasis on rugged pill and vehicle-mount computer systems, RuggON has additionally explored the usage of cellular rugged screens to paintings at the side of smartphones, the usage of cellular computing tech with drones, leading edge cellular tech answers for box carrier, EMS, logistics, legislation enforcement and extra. In different phrases, RuggON is all the time having a look to use cellular tech to toughen productiveness in new and leading edge techniques. And now the corporate has introduced the LUNA 3, a small, at hand 8-inch rugged pill, with the intent to deliver severe — and now not simply ok — Home windows computing chronic into the sphere.

RuggON LUNA 3 8-inch rugged Home windows pill

Ahead of we pass right into a complete overview of the RuggON LUNA 3, we could comment on a few questions virtually each possible client would possibly have:

Why an 8-inch Home windows pill?

With smartphones pushing against 7-inch displays, and already having all however eradicated the as soon as common 7-inch capsules, what is the objective and reason why for 8-inch capsules, and particularly the ones operating Microsoft Home windows? True, in contrast to on smartphones and handhelds the place Microsoft now not has a presence, there is a excellent collection of Home windows-based capsules available in the market, and Home windows is maintaining its personal in pageant with iOS and Android, particularly within the greater display screen sizes. Why particularly on greater capsules? As a result of even the latest variations of Home windows stay desktop running programs at center. The desktop is the place Home windows began, and the desktop is the place Home windows nonetheless dominates. Home windows is not a herbal for small displays, and it’s a ways from herbal with contact, even now. So why a small 8-inch Home windows pill? Let’s talk about that.

Initially, diagonal display screen length is not the entirety. The broader a show with a given diagonal length is, the smaller is its space. Does facet ratio topic? It does, very a lot so. When TVs switched from the standard 4:3 layout to “wide-screen” 16:9, it took a large number of being used to. Likewise, whilst you watch an previous TV display and it is in 4:3 layout, it seems bizarre and dated.

Capsules, typically are both 4:3 (Apple iPads), or 16:9 and 16:10 (everybody else). Pc screens are virtually all the time 16:9. As smartphones have got gradually greater, their unique 16:9 facet ratio has widened to 18:9, 19.5:9, or even 21:9. Consequently, a contemporary very tall 7-inch smartphone has significantly much less display screen space than a 7-inch pill with the standard 16:9 facet ratio.

How does facet ratio follow to the RuggON LUNA 3? Its 8-inch display screen with 16:10 facet ratio makes for 28.8 sq. inches of show space. The brand new Apple 14 Professional Max show measures 6.7 inches diagonally and makes use of 19.5:9 facet ratio, which makes 17.1 sq. inches. So although the LUNA 3 measures most effective 19% extra diagonally, its show space is a whopping 68% greater than that of the large iPhone. Side ratio issues.

The image to the best presentations how the LUNA 3 compares in length with an iPhone Professional Max. Sure, it has an enormous show in comparison to a smartphone. However it is very compact and at hand in comparison to 10 or 12 inch Home windows capsules.

Clarity of Home windows on a small display screen

However what about Home windows’ clarity on a small 8-inch display screen? One of the crucial issues of operating Home windows on small displays is that textual content and person interface parts comparable to icons, menus, test containers and the like turn into very small, frequently too small to simply learn of use.

Thankfully, that may be adjusted through scaling the dimensions of textual content, home windows, apps, icons and different person interface pieces in Home windows Settings. It’s kind of of trial and blunder to get it proper, however it may be an answer for plenty of vertical marketplace and industry-specific instrument apps. Under is a comparability between show scaling at 100% the place the entirety may be very small, and environment show scaling to 150%. RuggON recommends 125%.

Why now not simply pass with Android?

With Home windows frequently suffering on small shows, why now not simply use Android? Android used to be designed for small displays and it used to be designed for contact. Virtually all primary suppliers of rugged capsules — RuggON incorporated — be offering very competent rugged Android capsules. So why now not pass with Android?

As a result of whilst Android owns the non-iPhone smartphone marketplace, smartphones run most commonly apps and now not complicated instrument. Skilled instrument virtually all the time runs on Home windows. And whilst apps alternate always, on-the-job instrument has a for much longer shelf-life. Home windows has been round two complete a long time longer than Android, and there is a very nice deal of instrument that merely calls for Home windows. Some commercial instrument is terminal-based and will run on different running programs in client-server terminal emulation mode, however that is not a common resolution.

Truth is that for plenty of packages Home windows stays your best option. However then why don’t you simply get a pill with a bigger display screen that works higher with Home windows? As a result of length issues. No longer all the time, however frequently sufficient to make length and weight a very powerful attention in rugged capsules. Believe RuggON’s present 10.1-inch PX501 and the brand new 8.0-inch LUNA 3 capsules: The PX501’s show has 56% extra show space, and that additional show space might merely be wanted for positive packages. Alternatively, the PX501 additionally weighs 56% greater than the LUNA 3, and it has 59% extra quantity. That is a substantial distinction, and it could possibly make the smaller, lighter LUNA 3 a greater resolution for plenty of consumers and packages.

The ones initial questions and contemplations out of the best way, let’s check out the LUNA 3.

The RuggON LUNA 3 — design, appear and feel

The brand new RuggON LUNA 3 is certainly an excessively compact tool. It has a compact footprint of 8.9 x 6.2 inches, virtually 20% smaller than an iPad Air. As a rugged tool the LUNA 3, in fact, is thicker than client capsules. However in spite of packing a high-performance Home windows PC right into a small however impressively sturdy industrial-grade steel frame, it is nonetheless simply 0.87 inches thick. So far as weight is going, the LUNA 3 pointers the size at precisely two kilos.

The picture under presentations the RuggON LUNA 3 from the entrance and from all 4 aspects.

The LUNA 3’s case is all black with a grippy, rubberized perimeter floor that makes the pill simple to carry, and that’s augmented through a three/4-inch bezel space round the real LCD. Trendy client capsules infrequently have any bezel space anymore and thus are frustratingly at risk of sign up inadvertent contact motion whilst you dangle them. The LUNA 3 has no sticking out nook bumpers, regardless that there are screw holes within the again that recommend that RuggON would possibly be offering them as bolt-on choices.

The entrance digital camera is at the left aspect of the show against the highest. A financial institution of 4 rubber pushbuttons are on most sensible. They’re for chronic, quantity up and down, and the fourth one is programmable. Stressed out connectivity is minimum, as a result of in this day and age you’ll be able to do virtually the rest with the ones at hand reversible USB Sort-C ports. The LUNA 3 has two of them, one at the left aspect and one on the backside, the latter can be utilized for docking. Additionally at the left are two micro-SIM card slots, making switching between a couple of carrier suppliers simple.

The LUNA 3, like maximum capsules nowadays, makes use of capacitive multi-touch. RuggON does be offering an not obligatory lively digitizer. The pen for it may be tethered and secured in a bolt-on clip at the left aspect of the pill.

The images under display the bottom of the LUMA, reminiscent extra of a trade computer than a delicate client pill. At the left is the bottom as is, at the proper with the growth port covers and the battery got rid of.

Bringing Intel eleventh gen Core processor functionality to a small pill

Efficiency is not a lot of a subject matter with maximum Home windows machines as a result of maximum are desktops which are all the time plugged in or laptops which are frequently plugged in. Which means that chronic draw, cooling, length and weight don’t seem to be restricting elements. Wintel — the numerous decades-long dating between Microsoft Home windows instrument and Intel processors — is in keeping with necessarily no chronic or cooling constraints. With capsules it is other.

Maximum normal objective Home windows capsules use robust Intel Core processors that may maintain no matter workloads they come across, even complicated ones. There are, in fact, more cost effective, much less robust capsules, they usually paintings neatly for much less challenging packages with modest, predictable workloads. However within the Wintel global, computer systems are anticipated to maintain no matter workload comes alongside, and that calls for quite considerable functionality.

The issue is that such functionality comes at the price of extra complicated and dearer {hardware} that pulls extra chronic and generates extra warmth. That is why maximum small Home windows capsules use decrease functionality processors and electronics that draw little chronic, do not take a lot house, and generate little or no warmth.

The LUNA 3, alternatively, is in keeping with a high-performance Intel Tiger Lake Core i5-1145G7 processor, which is, RuggON says, within the category of functionality their undertaking consumers be expecting and insist. That is the similar chip sort that is in most present greater shape issue rugged capsules. It is robust, attracts a excellent quantity of chronic below load, and generates a good quantity of warmth.

The pill under presentations the place the RuggON LUNA 3 suits into the quite restricted collection of 8-inch rugged capsules. Maximum had been round for few years, with only one different not too long ago presented access into this category, the Durabook R8.

8-inch rugged Home windows capsules: The place the RuggON LUNA 3 suits in
Corporate RuggON Durabook Getac Hand held MobileDemand Winmate Zebra
Type LUNA R8 T800 Algiz 8X T8650 M900P ET51
Presented 2022 2022 2016 2017 2016 2019 2019
CPU circle of relatives Intel Core Intel Core Intel Atom Intel Pentium Intel Atom Intel Pentium Intel Atom
CPU fashion i5-1145G7E twelfth gen X7-Z8750 N3710 X5-Z8550 N4200 X5-E3940
Max RAM 8GB 16GB 8GB
Garage sort M.2 SSD PCIe SSD eMMC
Max garage 512GB 1TB 256GB
128GB 128GB 512GB 64GB
Show length 8.0-inch 8.0-inch 8.1-inch 8.0-inch 8.0-inch 8.0-inch 8.4-inch
Answer 1280 x 800 1280 x 800 1280 x 800 1280 x 800 1280 x 800 1280 x 800 2560 x 1600
Pixels/inch 189 ppi 189 ppi 186 ppi 189 ppi 189 ppi 189 ppi 359 ppi
Luminance 1,000 nits 800 nits 600 nits 600 nits 470 nits 510 nits 720 nits
Measurement (inches) 8.86 x 6.22 x 0.87 8.94 x 5.91 x 0.81 8.93 x 5.94 x 0.94 8.85 x 5.78 x 0.94 9.16 x 5.91 x 0.87 8.86 x 5.83 x 0.81 8.97 x 5.90 x 0.50
Quantity (cu-in) 47.9 42.8 49.9 48.1 47.1 41.8 26.5
Weight (lbs.) 2.0 1.9 1.94 2.18 1.87 2.00 1.26
Working temp -4° to 122° F -4° to 140° F -6° to 122° F
-20° to 145° F -6° to 140° F -22° to 158° F -4° to 140° F
IP ranking IP65 IP66 IP65
IP65 IP65 IP65 IP65
PassMark 6.1 4,831.1 NA 643
1,353 746 1,598 1,447
PassMark 9.0 3,203.0 NA NA
NA NA 962.5 955.2
CrystalMark 331,372 NA 84,727
133.040 98,387 124,521 129,273

What does the desk above display. First, it is not the standard benchmark end result comparability desk that we most often bring together and submit. That is as a result of we have added a number of new benchmark checking out suites over the last two or 3 years, and we don’t have any check information for the ones benchmarks for the older indexed gadgets.

That stated, even with restricted comparability information, it is straight away evident that the LUNA 3’s robust eleventh technology Core processor places it into a completely other functionality category in comparison to older capsules that use Intel Atom-class processors (notice that Intel additionally gives Pentium-branded chips in keeping with the Atom structure). Consequently, the LUNA 3 is at a far upper functionality degree than the older pageant on this category. A 3X to 8X functionality benefit is no doubt very noticeable.

Observe the similarities and variations in those rugged capsules. Virtually all have 8-inch displays with the similar 1280 x 800 pixel solution. They are all about the similar length and weight. The only real exception is the very skinny and lightweight Zebra ET51 that has a reasonably greater display screen with a lot upper solution.

Additionally notice that regardless that in some respects all of those capsules are moderately equivalent, each and every has its particular person strengths and used to be designed for a selected vary of consumers. Obviously, the brand new RuggON LUNA 3’s concentration is at the excessive processing functionality required for plenty of undertaking and box deployments, and it definitely delivers.

Do notice that whilst the kind of processor makes a large distinction in functionality, it is not the one factor. The kind of RAM and mass garage additionally issues, with M.2 PCI NVMe garage — which the LUNA 3 has — a lot quicker than soldered eMMC garage.

Striking that a lot Intel Core processing functionality right into a small, fanless bundle just like the LUNA 3 calls for refined thermal control. RuggON used Intel’s dynamic tuning era (DTT) to set chronic limits for higher thermal keep watch over. That made for some atypical effects; in our benchmark checking out the LUNA 3 constantly carried out higher on battery than plugged in, the other of each different rugged gadget we have examined.

That does, alternatively, make sense: it is within the box that consumers need for this little powerhouse to take on the paintings most often carried out on greater, heavier laptops or capsules. Preserving issues cool is not simple and calls for refined thermal keep watch over in the sort of compact bundle that foregoes a fan so it is silent and gets rid of possible fan-related breakdowns or bother at the task.

Battery existence: balancing length, weight and function

Early rugged laptops and capsules controlled most effective very restricted run time on a battery fee. Every now and then most effective round an hour, and if a gadget ran 3 hours on a fee that used to be reason for party. Remember that, mediocre battery existence very a lot restricted the application of cellular era to be used within the box. Battery era has come some distance since then, however offering adequare battery existence stays a problem even with nowadays’s era.

And that particularly is going for tools with power-hungry electronics comparable to maximum high-performance cellular Home windows computer systems. Rugged laptops usually deal with the problem with large battery packs, however small capsules should be slender and lightweight and massive batteries aren’t an choice.

That is a subject matter RuggON’s engineers had been dealing with once they designed the LUNA 3. In Android capsules that is hardly ever an issue as a result of Android’s ARM-based electronics are very power-efficient. However the LUNA 3 is a full-fledged high-performance Home windows gadget in a gentle, compact housing that had simply enough room for a 22.7 watt-hours.

RuggON LUNA 3 Energy Attracts (at idle)
Backlight degree Darkest Beneficial Brightest
Max Battery 6.8 watts (3.3 hrs) 7.8 watts (2.9 hrs) 8.7 watts (2.6 hrs)
Max Efficiency 7.3 watts (3.1 hrs) 8.2 watts (2.8 hrs) 9.2 watts (2.5 hrs)

For a complete Intel Core-powered Home windows gadget, that is not a lot. The query then turns into whether or not there is sufficient battery existence. With capsules, Apple just about set battery existence expectancies with the unique iPads 10-hour battery existence on a fee. Complete shift-plus battery existence is not all the time wanted, however frequently it’s. RuggON is conscious about that factor and does be offering a longer battery with two times the watt-hours, however that provides weight and the prolonged battery provides a bulge at the bottom of the svelte LUNA 3.

We used PassMark’s BatteryMon to determine what one can be expecting. With set the pill to “Absolute best battery existence” mode and display screen brightness to lowest. That method we noticed no less than 6.8 watts. With the backlight set to 50% it used to be 7.8 watts, and with the backlight at 100% about 8.7 watts. Dividing the to be had 22.7 watt-hours of an absolutely charged battery through the bottom seen battery draw of 6.8 watts would point out a theoretical battery existence of three.3 hours.

Striking the Home windows 10 slider to “Absolute best functionality” and environment the backlight to its darkest, chronic draw used to be 7.3 watts, now not a lot upper than in battery conservation mode. With the backlight set to 50%, it used to be 8.2 watts, and with the backlight at complete vibrant it rose to 9.2 watts, excellent for two.5 hours. That is a better chronic draw and not more battery existence than we measured on RuggON’s 10-inch PX501 pill that clocked in at a minimal chronic draw of simply 4.3 watts and an estimated 11.3 hours.

Our eval unit used to be a pre-production fashion that most likely hadn’t been absolutely configured and optimized but, so it is very most likely that manufacturing gadgets can have decrease attracts. The BatteryMon application is on no account a competent indicator of actual global battery existence as a result of all it does is measure chronic draw wit the machine on however now not doing any software paintings. In actual global use, cellular capsules usually see transient classes of high-draw use after which longer classes of being set to sleep.

What is throughout the RuggON LUNA 3?

For years, designers of rugged pill computer systems have confronted a troublesome activity. They should create a tool this is difficult sufficient to resist the entire possible hazards and punishments encountered at the task, but additionally one that appears excellent sufficient to enchantment to consumers introduced up on swish and stylish client capsules. Sure, excellent seems promote within the rugged pill marketplace as neatly. After which there is the issue of packing a complete Home windows PC right into a small, skinny pill and provides it the entire options and connections and capability wanted within the box and at the task.

How did RuggON pass about all that? So far as total structural design is going, the LUNA 3 is a field the place the entire electronics pass in, after which there is a again quilt. That is other from RuggON larger 10-inch PX501’s 3 layer design with an ABS plastic entrance plate/bezel, then a magnesium chassis with the show on one aspect and the motherboard and ancillary electronics at the different, after which an ABS plastic again quilt.

With the LUNA 3, there isn’t just a magnesium chassis, however a complete magnesium field, embedded in a layer of rubbery subject material that is going everywhere in the pill. Identical for the bottom — magnesium alloy however embedded in rubberized plastic. That makes superb sense: even the most productive steel surfaces can scratch and dent. Rubberized surfaces cannot. And some other great design thought: the usage of honeycomb construction, certainly one of nature’s engineering marvels that mixes excessive compression and shear houses for max particular energy.

The magnesium field/rubber layer design additionally permits for optimum putting and coverage of wi-fi antennas, which should be as with reference to the skin as conceivable, and outdoor of steel obstacles.

The LUNA 3’s motherboard is L-shaped, leaving room for the pill’s 2-3/4 x 5-5/8 inch battery. I/O is proscribed to 2 reversible USB-C ports fixed on separate small forums, as are the LUNA 3’s twin card slots.

Crucial a part of any Home windows pill is its thermal engineering, ensuring that temperatures keep inside design specs and not anything overheats. That issues each for reliability and for functionality. Over the top inside temperatures can impact each element and total machine longevity.

Warmth can also be controlled in 3 ways. With a fan that generates the airflow wanted to take away the warmth, by the use of passive cooling that dissipates warmth, and by the use of refined thermal control in instrument. Enthusiasts are more practical in casting off warmth than passive cooling, however they may be able to be noisy, might spoil down, and the ensuing airflow is not appropriate in some environments.

All fashionable pc programs have a lot of sensors that ceaselessly record temperature ranges all through the machine. If issues get too scorching, the fan might run quicker or the machine slows down, or each.

The LUNA 3 is a fanless machine and is dependent upon passive cooling. In passive programs warmth is most often carried out clear of scorching circuitry to the case steel by the use of copper warmth pipes or direct touch or each.

The LUNA 3 is easily supplied to make use of its case as a warmth sink. Within the pill, we noticed a few lilac-colored silicone thermal pads to lend a hand with warmth switch, and extra switch turns out to happen between the bottom of the machine board and the steel case.

The use of our lab’s FLIR ONE Professional thermal imaging digital camera, alternatively, we recorded relatively excessive running temperatures, as much as 130 levels Fahrenheit. That is so much and the pill can really feel moderately scorching to touch. With its steel case, the LUNA 3 should be conceivable to expend extra warmth and unfold the warmth extra lightly. Most likely extra and bigger thermal switch pads?

The picture compilation under display one of the fascinating main points of the RuggON LUNA 3:

  1. A better take a look at the magnesium alloy case of the LUNA 3. Observe how it is designed to go away house for the wi-fi antennas that should be positioned outdoor of the steel housing for highest functionality. Additionally notice the growth connector for bolt-on customized modules.

  2. The LUNA 3’s tiny 8mp auto-focus digital camera and LED flash module.
  3. The use of an excessively sturdy steel case does not most effective give the LUNA 3 coverage and structural integrity, RuggON additionally makes use of it to turn the best subject material it is made from, the product quantity and revision, in addition to the producing month and yr.
  4. A better take a look at the honeycombing development to save lots of weight and supply additional energy. A pleasant design element that most effective few will ever see.
  5. That is a small pad of thermal switch subject material. Extra of this is had to switch as a lot warmth as conceivable to the steel case.
  6. The LUNA 3’s inside docking cable. Right here once more we see actual labeling, product quantity, model and date. And, in fact, USB-C takes much less house and provides extra docking capability.

Vibrant, sharp 10-point procap multi-touch show

There used to be a time when pill and computer shows may just slightly be learn outdoor. The ones days are long past, however show high quality and, particularly, clarity outdoor stay a large factor. Virtually all high-end emblem identify capsules have excellent shows in this day and age, or even client capsules usually stay viewable outdoor. Client capsules most often have ok backlights that generate luminance within the 400+ nits vary, and maximum shows be offering the near-perfect viewing angles from all instructions that we believe obligatory in a pill.

Rugged capsules can be used outdoor at the task the place there may be vibrant, direct daylight. Maximum usual transmissive LCDs, alternatively, wash out in sunlight and that’s the reason why sunlight-readability has turn into a significant promoting level with rugged cellular computer systems. The present usual in outdoor-viewable show era is a mix of a robust backlight, anti-reflective coatings, linear and round polarizers, and direct bonding of as most of the LCD meeting’s layers as conceivable to scale back the collection of reflecting surfaces. All primary rugged tech distributors use the ones applied sciences, however optical coatings are dear and it issues how they’re carried out and the way the layers are bonded.

In our checking out, RuggON shows have historically excelled, and the only used within the LUNA 3 isn’t any exception. 1280 x 800 pixel makes for 189 pixels consistent with inch on an 8-inch show. That is not that a lot through fashionable top class smartphone requirements that have virtually absurdly excessive pixel densities. However 189 ppi remains to be with reference to what Apple calls “retina” solution, i.e. in commonplace use you’ll be able to’t discover particular person pixels. Show facet ratio additionally issues, and right here the LUNA 3 display screen’s 16 : 10 ratio is to many eyes with regards to superb, now not too boxy and now not too broad.

Answer, in fact, is not the entirety. In outside use backlight brightness issues. Right here, once more, RuggON did neatly through giving the LUNA 3 show 1,000 nits most luminance. If you happen to take a look at the comparability desk above, you’ll be able to see that no competing pill has greater than 800 nits. That may make a considerable distinction at the task.

The 4 photos under display the LUNA 3 outdoor on a medium-bright afternoon. Clockwise beginning on the higher left are the show head-on, then reasonably tilted away the place you’ll be able to see some mirrored image, then what it looks as if with all the display screen appearing mirrored image, and in the end that the display screen stays vibrant and readable even at expanding viewing angles.

Broad viewing angles with out degrading viewability and look of what’s at the show are essential. Lesser shows might display demanding, distracting distinction and/or colour shifts at wider viewing angles; the LUNA 3 does not.

Capacitive multi-touch works as briefly and easily as customers have come to be expecting from a pill in this day and age. Capacitive contact controllers have turn into extra delicate over the last few years, and the only used within the RuggON LUNA 3 can be utilized whilst dressed in some sorts of skinny gloves.

As nice and a success as capacitive multi-touch is, Home windows with all of its tiny scrollers, test containers and pull-downs is not a herbal for it. That is even the case as soon as Home windows has been optimized for contact. And because Home windows does not mechanically modify for display screen solution, some person interface parts can also be tiny on small shows with quite excessive solution such because the LUNA 3’s. Most likely because of that, along with the usual 2mm hard-tip stylus, RuggON gives the pill with an not obligatory lively pen.

Lively digitizer era stays an excellent fit for Home windows capsules. Microsoft has supported the battery-less Wacom-style pens for a few years and many of the pen capability in Home windows used to be designed for this kind of pen. Lively pen era supplies “cursor monitoring,” i.e. the cursor follows the top of the pen although it is a little techniques clear of the show floor.

How do contact and lively pen co-exist? Like this: when the pill detects finger contact, it turns off pen popularity. If it detects the pen at the floor, it turns off contact popularity. Works superbly.

Twin cameras

Like virtually all fashionable capsules, the RuggON LUNA 3 has entrance and rear cameras. At the entrance is a 2-megapixel webcam for video calls and conferencing. The rear digital camera is for photograph taking and documentation. It has an 8-megapixel imager, and the images we took got here out in 4:3 facet ratio 3,264 x 2,448 pixel solution, precisely 8-megapixel (regardless that the digital camera up used to be in reality set to its absolute best proven mode, 2592 x 1944 pixel). Digicam operation on our overview unit used to be by the use of RuggON’s preloaded CamOn digital camera app that used to be obtainable as a decision at the pill’s DashON application. Symbol settings allowed deciding on resolutions for each cameras. Each cameras can be utilized for stills in addition to for video.

As we have time and again discussed through the years, our revel in with cameras built-in into rugged vertical marketplace handhelds and capsules has usually been underwhelming, with maximum lagging neatly in the back of what is to be had in devoted level & shoots and client smartphones.
The placement is getting higher, most likely partly because of drive from consumers who through now are used to the superb cameras and instrument in client smartphones and capsules. The LUNA 3’s cameras are as much as the duty, regardless that, and after somewhat of follow, the check photos we took with the tool had been excellent sufficient for plenty of box documentation duties.

The display screen snap to the best presentations what the digital camera app looks as if in picture-taking mode.

The CamOn app’s person interface is minimum however nonetheless an growth over the usual Microsoft Digicam app that most often comes with Home windows capsules. In photograph taking mode, you’ll be able to toggle between nonetheless and video mode, flip geo-tagging off and on, set the flash mode, and make a choice both the entrance or the rear digital camera. The settings display screen is proscribed to symbol and video solution, garage location and toggling the geo information stamp on photos off and on. That will not be sufficient for plenty of consumers, so in all probability RuggON can upload further capability to the CamOn app through the years.

The images under had been shot with the RuggON LUNA 3 in 8mp mode. Click on at the symbol to deliver up a full-size model.

The documentation digital camera is in a position to taking respectable photos. There’s excellent sharpness and symbol element, and little of the compression that frequently renders photos from such built-in cameras needless because of artifacting. Endurance is wanted every now and then, because the digital camera takes somewhat of time concentration, so there is some shutter lag.

Video is healthier than what we have noticed from cameras built-in into rugged gadgets even two or 3 years in the past. The digital camera usually does not fall in the back of, however the most 1280 x 720 recording layout is low through nowadays’s requirements. 8mp imagers will have to simply be capable of maintain 1080p video, particularly when nowadays’s smartphones have totally spoiled customers with their very good cameras and complex imaging apps.

Observe that digital camera packages that include cellular running programs are frequently changed with 3rd birthday celebration instrument optimized for positive imaging duties, or builders and programs integrators come with digital camera and video capability without delay into customized instrument.

Difficult sufficient for tough jobs available in the market

The cause of opting for rugged capsules as an alternative of lower-cost client gadgets is ruggedness and reliability below duress. A rugged pill should be capable of reliably function inside a large temperature vary and be ready to resist surprise and vibration. It should additionally be capable of continue to exist plenty of different environmental hazards and prerequisites, comparable to salt fog, excessive altitude operation, touch with solvents and cleaners, and so forth. Designers of rugged computing cellular tools do that through the usage of powerful and resistant fabrics, elaborate bodily coverage, suitable sealing, and a focus to each closing element that can impact reliability and sturdiness.

How did RuggON deal with all of those problems with the LUNA 3?

With reference to coverage from the weather, the LUNA 3 carries IP65 sealing the place the “6” way it is utterly dustproof, and the “5” that it’s also sealed in opposition to, in line with the IP classification machine chart, low drive water jets from all instructions. That is a ways higher sealing that normal client capsules have, and par for the direction in rugged capsules.

That stated, client smartphones are catching up in the case of sealing. Some at the moment are to be had in IP67- or even IP68-rated variations, elevating expectancies. On the whole, it is harder to seal greater gadgets than smaller ones, and likewise gadgets with a couple of ports and controls than those who have only one or two. We think the {industry} to transport against virtually common IP67 coverage for absolutely rugged gadgets, if now not for absolute want then for the extra peace of thoughts.

The LUNA 3 can maintain repeated drops from 4 ft. That is concerning the norm for rugged capsules on this category. 4 ft is usual as a result of that is the approximate distance a pill falls when it is unintentionally dropped whilst being utilized in a status place. From the appearance of it, the LUNA 3 could possibly accommodate not obligatory bolt-on nook bumpers.

The said running temperature vary of -4 to 122 levels Fahrenheit (-20 to 50 levels Celsius) is ok however now not moderately as broad as that of RuggON’s greater PX501 pill. Nonetheless, the LUNA 3 can be utilized in with regards to any local weather.

The show makes use of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that gives additional coverage in opposition to breakage and scratching in comparison to previous generations. That is particularly essential in high-end capsules the place a damaged display screen might be expensive.

Further show coverage is equipped through a show that is reasonably recessed round its perimeter. This offers a lot higher coverage than client capsules the place all the entrance is flush glass.

Our exam of the internal design and construct of the LUNA 3 suggests a excessive stage of toughness and skill to resist injuries and abuse. There’s proof of considerable surprise absorption and there aren’t any elements that may simply rattle unfastened. Like several complicated rugged tool, the LUNA 3 is dependent upon seals to stay mud and liquids out. Those are all neatly designed and simple to stay in excellent operating situation.

Total, the RuggON LUNA 3 is correct up there with the hardest and maximum powerful gadgets we have examined right here at

Abstract: RuggON LUNA 3 — a small and at hand, however difficult and rugged high-performance pill for challenging packages

With the LUNA 3, RuggON provides a novel product to its line of absolutely rugged Home windows and Android capsules. Distinctive each for the reason that LUNA 3 is smaller and handier than maximum rugged Home windows capsules, and likewise as it brings Intel eleventh technology “Tiger Lake” Core processor functionality to the 8-inch rugged pill phase that is most often powered through a lot decrease functionality Intel Atom or Pentium chips.

Designed as a at hand box computing resolution for packages in warehouses, logistics, legislation enforcement and lots of different box deployments (RuggON even mentions use with unmanned aerial automobiles), the LUNA 3 provides a degree of Home windows processing functionality that merely hasn’t been to be had in small shape issue rugged capsules in the past.

8 inches diagonal will not be a lot show actual property for Home windows 10 (we additionally ran Home windows 11 on it), however it is sufficient when the display screen is sharp and vibrant and the person interface is correctly scaled for the meant makes use of and packages. Capacitive multi-touch works because it will have to, and an lively digitzer is optionally to be had.

As relatively petite because the LUNA 3 is, it is obviously very rugged with an excellent AZ91D magnesium-alloy case and grippy rubberized perimeter coverage. The pill can continue to exist four-foot drops, can function in a large temperature vary, and its IP65 sealing way it could possibly simply maintain mud and rain and worse.

With the Microsoft Home windows-based and Intel eleventh gen Core processor-powered LUNA 3, RuggON supplies a compelling small shape issue rugged pill resolution for when awesome performances is wanted in a compact and at hand bundle. — Conrad H. Blickenstorfer, November 2022

RuggON LUNA 3 Specs

Standing Added 09/2022
Sort Rugged Home windows Pill PC
Intel “Tiger Lake” Core i5-1145G7E (1.50 GHz base frequency, 4.10 GHz max turbo frequency)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics (max 1.30 GHz)

Home windows 10 IoT Undertaking SAC, Home windows 11 able
Disk/force 64 to 512GB M.2 SSD garage
Show sort Daylight-readable TFT with LED backlight and stealth mode, 1,000 nits luminance, glove give a boost to, Gorilla Glass 3
Show length/solution 8.0-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel solution, 189 PPI
Digitizer 10-point projected capacitive multi-touch, glove contact, 2mm hard-tip stylus, not obligatory Wacom-style lively digitizer
Keyboard/keys Onscreen, not obligatory exterior
Navigation Contact, stylus
Card slots 2 x micro SIM card
Rubberized ABS plastic over magnesium-alloy case
Measurement 8.9″ x 6.2″ x 0.9″ (225mm x 158mm x 22mm)
Weight 2.00 lb. (900 grams) with battery
Working temperature -4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C)
Ingress coverage IP65 (utterly dustproof, sealed in opposition to low drive water jets from all instructions)
Humidity MIL-STD-810H
Drop MIL-STD-810H, 4-foot drop resistance
Vibration MIL-STD-810H Means 514.6 Class 4, Fig 514.6C-1, Fig 514.6C-2, Fig 514.6C-3
Altitude Est: MIL-STD-810H, Means 500.5, Procedures I & II
Energy 2,100mAH, 10.8V, 22.7whr with speedy charging give a boost to, not obligatory prolonged 4,200mAH, 10.8V, 45.4whr
Digicam Rear: 8-megapixel AF with LED flash, entrance: 2-megapixel webcam
Sensors Gyroscope, G-sensor, E-compass, ambient mild
Verbal exchange
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, not obligatory: uBlox NEO-M8N GNSS (GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou), 4G LTE
Interface 2 x USB 3.1, microphone, speaker, dock, 2 x snap-on connectors (snap-on 1: RJ45 + USB 2.0 Sort A OR RJ45 + RS232 OR NFC; snap-on 2: bridge battery)
Value Inquire
Spec sheet RuggON LUNA 3 brochure (PDF)
Internet web page RuggON LUNA 3 internet web page
RuggON Company
4F., No. 298, Yang Guang St., NeiHu Dist.
Taipei Town 11491, Taiwan
Fax: 886-2-8797-1881
[email protected]

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