This is the cheapest rugged tablet on the market and it's 4G-ready

Pipo N1 rugged tablet - $150.19 from Banggood (opens in new tab)

Pipo N1 rugged tablet - $150.19 from Banggood (opens in new tab)
(£118.81/AU$213.98)
Given what's inside, the N1 rugged tablet from Pipo is highly affordable. This tablet is 4G-capable, IP54 certified and even has a USB Type-C, so check it out now.

Rugged tablets (opens in new tab) tend to have a slightly higher price tag than non-ruggedized models, because they service a niche b2b audience and very often need specific certifications and components.

The N1 from Pipo (opens in new tab) bucks this trend, however, available at a highly affordable price point, given what's on offer.

On the outside, it looks like most ruggedized portable devices, with a bumper protecting the screen all around and with big reinforced corners. The body frame and the connectors are sealed to prevent dust and moisture from entering the device, while the reinforced shell structure can sustain falls of up to one meter.

For just over $150 (£120/AU$220) you get 4G connectivity and IP54 certification, making it a great choice for on-the-go professionals looking for an entry-level rugged tablet. 

The rest of the specification is just about right for that price tag: a quad-core processor from Mediatek with a Mali-T720, 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage and a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel touchscreen display.

There’s also an audio plug, microHDMI connector and a Type-C port, as well as both rear and front cameras and a pair of speakers. The battery capacity (6,000mAh), meanwhile, is adequate without being spectacular.

It's a shame it doesn’t have NFC, 801.11ac or a newer Android OS (it ships with Android 7.0), and just bear in mind it weighs around 500g and is quite thick at 13mm.

Bear in mind

  • If this product comes from mainland China, it will take a month to reach either the UK or US (and potentially more). You may also be levied an additional tax, either directly or through the courier.
  • If you've managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.