Motorola Reportedly Working on a Rugged Android Tablet

It appears that Motorola's desire to enter the enterprise market is more than just a rumor. The US-based handset manufacturer is said to have been working for the past couple of months on a rugged Android tablet that targets business users.

Although its first Honeycomb tablet, the XOOM, has just been released on the market, Motorola is resolute to make this rugged tablet a world's premier and hopes to convince potential customers that this is the “first physical embodiment defining Android for the Enterprise.”

According to Engadget, via an anonymous tipster, the tablet is expected to enter beta testing stages this October, but no further details about the device's actual release date have been unveiled yet.

Similar to Moto’s Defy smartphone, the upcoming rugged Motorola tablet should be dust and water resistant, capable of working in extreme temperatures and withstand drops from up to 4 feet.

The tablet's 7-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display (1024 x 600 pixels resolution) should be capable to emit 400 nits or better.

It will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz OMAP4 processor and it will pack 1GB RAM and 8GB NAND.

However, as weird as it may be, it looks like the tablet will be delivered with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board instead of the latest Honeycomb platform.

Other connectivity features available include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, USB, as well as HDMI port.

An 8-megapixel rear camera with illumination and autofocus, as well as the 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera complete the tablet's multimedia hardware specs.

When it comes to software, the tablet is expected to bundle an MSP client, security apps, utilities (Scan, Wedge and Log-in) and high-end barcode decoding from rear camera.

The leaked information also lists a removable Li-Ion battery which should be able to provide up to 5 hours and a half of streaming video.


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