Getac ZX10 review: This rugged and lightweight Android tablet can go anywhere

Getac ZX10 review: This rugged and lightweight Android tablet can go anywhere


  • Fully sturdy construction
  • Multiple configuration options and accessories
  • good screen


  • The sound lacks volume and quality
  • Disappointing longevity than a standard battery
  • Moderate entry-level RAM and storage

Sturdy tablets must withstand the shocks, drops, water, dust, heat, cold, roughness and general stumbling of being thrown in the back of vehicles and handled in other unconventional ways. Getac Specialized in this field, offering a wide range of powerful laptops and tablets. that it Android 11-Based on ZX10 The tablet, which starts at £1,025 (as VAT) in the UK, is highly configurable and can be scaled up with plentiful accessories, making it suitable for multiple use cases.

Carries Getac ZX10 MIL-STD-810H And the IP66 Certifications, and can withstand falls from 1.8 m (6 feet). The 10.1 inch screen is housed within huge bezels that provide plenty of protection against physical shocks. The chassis is deep, and its corners are rounded, making it likely that when this tablet falls, it will roll rather than collapse to the ground and compress the components inside the casing. With dimensions of 275mm, 192mm wide, 17.9mm deep and 1.04kg in weight, this tablet strikes a good balance between durability and portability.

Getac ZX10

Getac ZX10: A 10.1-inch Android 11 tablet based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. With MIL-STD-810H and IP66 certification, it is designed to operate in challenging environments.

Photo: Getac

The screen is a 10.1-inch TFT panel with WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) and a brightness of 800 nits. Combined with Getac’s sunlight reading technology, this makes it suitable for viewing in a wide range of conditions. There is a three-button touch panel on the main screen that lets you select gloved input, finger touch, or pen-based input, to help get the most responsiveness from the touch screen. The screen’s matte finish helps with outdoor readability, and viewing angles are good.

To the right of the screen (in landscape mode) is a column of five buttons topped by a light sensor that reads the level of ambient light and adjusts screen brightness accordingly. Two of the four buttons are labeled “P1” and “P2”, and they are programmable: by default these buttons increase and decrease brightness. There are two more ones marked “+” and “-“, and they default to adjust the volume, but they can also be programmed. The fifth button, green and slightly raised, is the power button.

There is an 8MP webcam with a sliding privacy cover on top of the screen. Since the Getac ZX10 is designed to be usable by those who wear gloves, the privacy cover has a noticeably raised lip for easy gliding. There is also a 16MP camera on the back with LED flash, which lacks a security cover. Getac offers its own camera software that caters to digital zoom needs up to 7.7x on both cameras, and allows you to change resolution, use of flash, etc. It’s basic, but it works well enough. Don’t expect high-quality photos, but for general documentation and video calls, the Getac ZX10’s cameras are fine.

The custom-made camera app isn’t the only Getac app on board that complements Android 11. Among a handful of pre-installed apps, there’s a device deployment tool and a detailed settings app for different hardware and software modules.

The speaker grille is located in the lower right corner of the screen bezel. The audio output is disappointing, lacking both bass and volume. You’ll struggle to hear anyone on a video call unless you’re close to the tablet at low ambient noise levels – which is unlikely in many of the environments this tablet was designed for. Our tip: Make sure you have a headset on hand.

Below the display are LED indicators that indicate power on, wi-fi activation, and battery status (amber when charging, green when full, as well as various flashing status alerts). Lugs for the vehicle mounting system are located on the lower long edge, while a sturdy carry handle can be attached to the upper long edge.

Getac ZX10: Ports

Behind the protective covers: a USB-A port, a 3.5mm audio input/output jack, a MicroSD card slot, and a USB-C port.

Photo: Sandra Vogel/ZDNET

Designed to serve a range of industries—including transportation, logistics, defense, first responders, utilities, and industrial manufacturing—customization is a key feature of the Getac ZX10. Options include a smart card reader, HF RFID/NFC reader, 4G LTE mobile broadband, and GPS. My review unit contains several optional items.

On the right short edge, the power connector is located under a hinged rubber cover. The top edge holds a barcode scanner. On the left short edge, a hinged cover protects the USB-C port and MicroSD card slot, while the other protects the USB-A port and 3.5mm headphone jack. On the back of my review unit was the RFID sensor area. Also on the back are two separate batteries which are removable and interchangeable during operation. There is dual 4G LTE SIM support, with a SIM slot under each battery. The back also has a assembled-capacity pen housing, which is attached to a cord.

Getac ZX10: Rear

Getac ZX10 accepts interchangeable dual standard (4990 mAh) or high capacity (9980 mAh) batteries. Each battery compartment contains a SIM slot for optional 4G LTE broadband.

Photo: Sandra Vogel/ZDNET

Standard batteries provide 4,990 mAh each for a total of 9,980 mAh. Batteries can be swapped individually, and the battery status indicator at the top right of the display gives separate readings for each one. This means you can carry replacement parts to keep the Getac ZX10 running for extended periods, with swaps applied as needed. Getac also offers high-capacity 9980mAh batteries for those who want more life from every charge.

Battery life with standard batteries was somewhat disappointing. A three-hour YouTube session drained two fully charged batteries at 50% and 49%, while exhausted PCMark for Android Runs with 3.0 . battery life The benchmark saw the tablet last 8 hours and 14 minutes. Field workers may need in-vehicle charging, spare standard batteries, or high-capacity batteries.

The chip is Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, which is distinctly long in the tooth, but appropriate for the kind of workloads the Getac ZX10 was designed for. delivered on average Geekbench 5 CPU scores 325 (single-core) and 1476 (multi-core). Android Leading Results At the time of writing, there are about 1,000 (single core) and 3,500 (multi-core).

The Getac ZX10 review unit has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC internal storage, with 6GB and 128GB available as an option. There is a MicroSD card slot to easily exchange data manually or add it to the internal storage.


The fully rugged tablets are built for tough conditions indoors or out. To meet the requirements, the Getac ZX10 is a highly durable device, designed to be used with finger, glove and stylus inserts. There’s such a wide range of features on offer that the tablet can be configured for multiple use cases, and dual hot-swappable batteries should help keep it in the field.

The ZX10 from Getac is a good builder who should find a niche in a range of industry sectors. And if Android isn’t your platform of choice, check out the very similar but Windows-based one UX10.

Getac ZX10 specifications

The operating system Android 11
Slices Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (Octa Core, 1.95 GHz – 2.2 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 512 GPU
Show 10.1 inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
Screen type TFT LCD capacitive screen
brightness LumiBond 800 nits display with Getac Sunlight readable technology
storage 64 GB, 128 GB (eMMC)
WIFI Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth 5.0
mobile broadband Optional 4G LTE
GPS yes
ports USB-C (3.2 Gen 1), USB 2.0, docking connector, 3.5mm audio in/out, power input, optional RF antenna for GPS, WLAN and WWAN
slots MicroSD
cameras 8MP webcam and 16MP rear camera
buttons Power, 4x programmable buttons
protection Kensington Lock, Optional HF RFID/NFC Combination Reader, Optional Smart Card Reader
battery capacity 2x 4990mAh • Optional high capacity 2x 9980mAh
AC adapter 65 watts
Dimensions 275 mm x 192 mm x 17.9 mm (10.8 in x 7.56 in x 0.7 in)
Weight 1.04 kg (2.29 lb)
Certificates MIL-STD-810H • IP66 • Vibration and Fall Resistant (1.8 m / 6 ft) • Optional: ANSI/UL 121201, CSA C22.2 NO. 213 (Class I, Section 2, Groups A, B, C, D)
Pre-installed software Getac Camera, Getac Input Method, Getac Driving Safety Utility (beta), Getac DeployXpress (beta), Getac Settings, Google Apps (Search, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Play, Drive, YouTube Music, Google TV, Duo, Photos)
accessories (optional) Carrying case, Standard battery (4990 mAh), High capacity battery (9980 mAh), Multi-slot chargers (dual slot, eight slots), AC adapter (65W), Desk base AC adapter (65W), Adapter DC-DC Vehicle (120W), Capacitive Pen with Safety Cord, Hand Strap, Shoulder Strap (2 points), Shoulder Strap (4 points, hands-free), Vehicle base, Desk base, 100W Type-C adapter, Solid handle
price From £1,025 (ex. VAT)

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