Inside the Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet

Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet

The CT8 – the third Cedar tablet – marks a major upgrade in performance and GPS capability over its predecessor the Cedar CT7G Rugged Tablet. Packed behind the CT8’s 8-inch high-visibility display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8-core processor runs Android 8.1 with full Google Mobile Services. The rugged tablet includes dual nano-SIM card slots and enhanced location services with a u-blox M8030 GNSS chip.

“Not only is the CT8 fast and affordable, but it’s also got rugged bones,” said Cody Draper, Juniper Systems Cedar product manager. “Job sites that need a formidable entry-level rugged tablet will find the CT8’s features easily meet – then exceed those needs.”

Rugged and rated IP67, the CT8 boasts functionality and versatility at work or home. Its 8,000 milliampere-hour removable battery, two programmable buttons, Gorilla Glass display, and optional accessories posture it as an affordable rugged option for the workplace. Its thin profile and slick styling fit in at home.

Optional tablet accessories include a 1D/2D barcode reader or a UHF RFID reader, positioning the CT8 as a rugged mobile asset management device.

“The CT8 is another unmatched Cedar product,” Juniper Systems CEO DeVon Labrum said. “It’s an excellent starting place for field professionals in demanding work environments. The CT8 certainly holds its own among rugged tablets.”

Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet

Next-level GNSS positioning

Inside the CT8, the powerful u-blox M8030 GNSS chip pushes the CT8’s GNSS capabilities to new heights.

Capturing up to two GNSS constellations simultaneously, the CT8 introduces exceptional levels of GNSS accuracy to the low-cost rugged tablet market. The CT8 features industry-leading navigation sensitivity and full support for the satellite-based augmentation systems that hone GNSS accuracy. These features provide superior positioning accuracy on the CT8, including in urban areas.

Powerful GNSS capabilities don’t come at a steep cost to battery power, either. The GNSS chip sips energy, meaning better positing data for extended periods of time. Compatible with external GNSS receivers, the CT8 is capable of capturing even more accurate positioning data.

Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet

Unmatched processor performance

Boosting energy efficiency, charging speeds, image quality, and display performance, the CT8’s powerful processor packs a punch. The eight-core Snapdragon 626 processor – assigned with running Android 8.1 and Google Mobile Services – makes the CT8 a formidable field tool. The CT8 is capable of speeds up to 2.2 GHz and boasts a 64-bit architecture; the rugged tablet runs data-intensive applications in the field, including certain computer-aided design, or CAD, programs.

The Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU offers PC-class graphics, support for advanced APIs, and advanced rendering with hardware tessellation on the high-visibility 10-touch display.

Purpose-built accessories

Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet

Two optional accessories to the CT8 position it as a capable rugged mobile asset management device.

The 1D/2D barcode reader and UHF RFID reader attachments easily attach to pins on the back of the CT8. Communication methods with the attachment pods include UART, USB, and I2C.

In addition, the accessory pins leave the potential for custom additions to the CT8.

Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet

Swappable all-day battery pack

An 8,000 milliampere-hour swappable lithium-ion battery pack powers the CT8 for eight hours of demanding usage – and much longer for casual applications. The efficient low-power Cortex A53 processor slows energy consumption and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 speeds up charging by up to four times as fast as conventional charging.

After just four clicks, users can replace a battery pack with a fresh one. Sometimes there’s just more work to do.

Versatile connectivity

The CT8’s dual nano-SIM card slots and advanced 4G LTE mark upgraded speed and connectivity in the field. The dual nano-SIM cards slots receive cellular data from up to two GMS carriers at uplink speeds as high as 300 Mbps and downlink speeds as high as 150 Mbps.

Global connectivity on the CT8 makes it a go-anywhere-do-anything rugged tablet.

Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet

Programmable buttons

The CT8 features a row of slick quick-access buttons below its 8-inch capacitive touchscreen – including two programmable buttons that can launch applications and perform tasks. Other buttons include volume control, a return button, a home button, a menu button, and a power button.

The programmable buttons, F1 and F2, can be easily programmed through the settings menu or a third-party application like Button Mapper to perform frequent tasks like capturing a screenshot or scanning a barcode. Programmable buttons make the CT8 a custom experience for each user.

Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet

Rugged, yet sleek, design

Rated IP67, the CT8 is rugged and at 1.2 pounds and just 1.4 centimeters thick – it’s sleek, too. The CT8 is dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof. The CT8 can operate in temperatures between -4 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 to 60 degrees Celsius).

Its ergonomic bumpers sit comfortably in hand and if it slips, the rugged exoskeleton and Gorilla Glass display will keep it safe for a 3.3-foot drop onto concrete.

Additional features

Other CT8 features include USB Type-C and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with a Sony sensor and 5-megapixel front-facing camera both optimized by the processor, which supports optical zoom, image stabilization, and enhanced autofocus. The CT8 also includes 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and up to 128 GB of additional storage with a micro-SD card, and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac.

For more information about the Cedar CT8 Rugged Tablet, Cedar CP3 Rugged Smartphone, or Juniper Systems’ lineup of rugged mobile computers, tablets, and GNSS receivers, contact us here. Visit Juniper Systems online.


  1. Does the CT8 have touchscreen profiles like Mesa 2? Especially for wet conditions.

    Is there/will there be a vehicle charging cradle using the pins on the back?

    • Jackson Murphy says:

      Hi Jiri, thanks for the comment!

      The CT8 doesn’t have touchscreen profiles; we highly recommend the Mesa 2’s unique technology for wet environments. Regarding the cradle, we weren’t able to find an ideal solution. So we recommend the built-in USB charger connected to a 12V USB vehicle adapter. We also recommend these holders that can be mounted in a vehicle with a RAM window or dash device:


      RAM-HOL-TAB29U (Tab-Tite Holder)

  2. Jiri,
    Is the CT8 display EMI/RFI shielded?

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