Sunnyvale, California-based company Trimble has just launched a product that Microsoft's new operating system (Windows 8) can't do much for at the moment: the Yuma 2 rugged tablet.
Though it is a sure thing that Windows 8 will eventually be released in a business- and industrial-optimized form, Windows 7 is still more convenient.
Or perhaps Trimble does not yet possess the license for Windows 8. Whichever the case may be, Yuma 2 runs Windows 7 Professional.
Unlike most other tablets, be they of 7 inches or no, Yuma 2 does not care about appearances at all. Instead, it was designed for endurance, for survival.
Thus, the rugged case gives it compliance with MIL-STD-810G military standards, including vibration, humidity, dust and water resistance.
"Ruggedness and connectivity in the field are vital for mobile workers—and Trimble has a history of providing innovative computing solutions to the market," said Jim Sheldon, general manager of Trimble's Mobile Computing Solutions Division.
Trimble's Yuma 2 runs an Intel Atom Cedar Trail N2600 CPU (1.6 GHz dual-core), 4 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a Dual-Mode 3.75G WWAN Data Module (optional) and a solid-state drive (64 GB or 128 GB).
A GPS receiver (2 - 4 meter accuracy with SBAS), 5 MP camera with LED Flash, 3.5 mm audio jack, integrated mic/speaker and Status LEDs are part of the spec sheet as well. As for the screen, it is a multi-touch panel of unspecified resolution.
"With new features and functionality, the Yuma 2 is an ideal solution that provides even more computing power to mobile professionals—more memory, computing speed, drive capacity, connectivity options and better display readability," Jim Sheldon stated.
Trimble made the Yuma 2 for insurance, public safety, transportation, utilities, mapping, construction and other industries. Sadly, the price was not part of the information released in the official announcement.