Motorola has announced the release of a 7-inch touch screen rugged Android 2.3 tablet, ET1 -initially offered to retail stores and warehouses.
Supported by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the device also has 8GB internal storage capability that can be expanded up to 32 GB with a microSD card. Shipments of the tablet will begin in December 2011.
Sheldon Safir, the director of product marketing for Motorola Solutions, claims the cost of the 1.4 pound tablet will be less than $1,000 if purchased in large quantities by businesses.
Safir also said that the life expectancy of the ET1 will be three to five years due to its ruggedness. This definitely outlasts other consumer grade tablets currently available on the market.
With a Gorilla Glass display screen 30 percent thicker than other consumer tablet devices, the tablet is designed to go through multiple bumps and drops during the workday.
The most interesting feature is the support of multiple users. Log on software allows different users to find particular applications, documents and identify profiles from a remote server.
“It is one of the few truly ruggedised Android tablets out there," said Gartner analyst, Ken Dulaney.