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The global rugged tablet market has continued to grow with many industries adapting to the new technology which is efficient and cost-effective. The rugged tablet market and forecast for 2020-2025 has been released and it has clearly outlined the global industry trends, market share, growth, and opportunities.

Looking at the previous forecast statistics from 2014-2019, the global rugged tablet market grew by 7%. Looking forward to the coming 5-7 years, we expect the global rugged tablet market to continue growing moderately.

What is a rugged tablet?

Rugged tablets are smart electronic devices that are designed to withstand the tough environment and harsh working conditions. They are dustproof, waterproof, drop-resistant, strong-vibrations, and anti-scratch. They are wireless devices that are built with tough materials to guarantee durability and efficiency even when used in harsh environments.

They help in enhancing communication and sharing of data in real-time thanks to improved internet connectivity and high-resolution cameras. They are fitted with a global positioning system (GPS) which helps workers in the field and those dealing with logistics and fleet management.

Rugged tablets are also used in asset management, security inspections, and auditing and compliance among others. Rugged tablets have gained popularity globally and they are now being used in many industries including; transportation and logistics, energy, construction, public sector, military and defense, medical and retail sectors.

Rugged tablets are also designed to support secure networks in cellular broadband and wireless system to ensure communication is safe and uninterrupted. Apart from Windows tablets, there are Android-based rugged tablets that have the potential of integrating with other applications in the Google play services. This has contributed to great demand and adoption in various key emergency services such as ambulances, police vehicles, and fire brigades.

The latest models of rugged tablets are designed with better touch capabilities, replaceable batteries as well as robust biometric authentication systems. The global market for rugged tablets is expected to grow moderately in the next five years. The key leading rugged tablet brands globally include; Apple, Sony Corporation, Samsung Group, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Amazon, Toshiba, LG Electronics, and HTC.

Other key market segmentations that are used to map the global rugged tablet market growth are based on region, type, distribution channel, operating system, and end-use industry. The leading rugged tablets according to the brand type are;

  • Fully rugged tablets
  • Semi-rugged tablets
  • Ultra-rugged tablets

As per the nature of operating systems (OS), rugged tablets that run on Windows OS are in high demand followed by those models that use the Android system. The most promising distribution channel that is being used to grow the global market of most rugged tablet brands is online channel.

The leading end-user industries in the utilization of rugged tablets are; Energy, Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation and Logistics, Public Safety, Retail, Medical, Government, Military, and Defense in that order. The global rugged tablet market has grown in varying percentages in various regions. Some of the leading regions by market size include; North America, United States, Canada, Asia Pacific, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Europe, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, Latin America, Brazil, Mexico, Others, Middle East, and Africa.

In terms of market dominance by brands, some of the popular rugged tablets manufacturers that have dominated the market are;

  • AAEON Technology Inc.
  • Dell Technologies Inc.
  • Dt Research Inc.
  • Getac Technology Corporation, Hp Inc.
  • Leonardo DRS Inc.
  • MobileDemand, MilDef Group AB,
  • NEXCOM International Co. Ltd.,
  • Panasonic Corporation
  • Trimble Inc.
  • Zebra Technologies Corporation.

What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the global rugged tablet market?

The COVID-19 pandemic rekindled the demand for online work and remote work. There was an increase in financial and regulatory support from governments across the world. The utility-owned tablet PC segment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of the restriction of movement in major cities around the world.

Some of the countries that were affected by a short-term delay in the supply of rugged tablet PC due to restrictions of movement include; China, the US, Germany, and South Korea. Post-COVID-19, we are likely going to see a surge in demand for rugged tablet PC which is expected to grow moderately in the next 5 to 7 years. By 2027, the global rugged tablet market will have grown moderately going by the current market trends and forecast.