Motorola has unveiled the ET1, a tablet created with the enterprise in mind and the tablet was constructed to offer more security and also sturdiness than a consumer tablet would need. It also features multi-user login options and enterprise applications for workforce and inventory management and the 1.4-pound ET1 features a 7-inch touchscreen and front and rear cameras. The ET1 boasts only WiFi connectivity, though Motorola Solutions’ Sheldon Safir says a Wide Area Network version is in the works and the manufacturer didn’t offer a specific price, but Safir tells Computer World that bulk purchases should cost less than $1,000 by the time the slab hits the market…………….
Motorola Solutions Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical communication products and services for enterprise and government customers unveiled the ET1 tablet, the first in an emerging category of enterprise-class tablet computers designed for a variety of vertical markets. The ET1 brings the familiarity and popularity of a consumer-class user experience to a true enterprise-class device that includes enhanced durability, an optional barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader, hot-swappable battery packs, and secure system software. Key industrial-strength accessories such as secure multi-slot recharging stations are also available. Intended for demanding day-long use, the Wi-Fi-enabled ET1 is password-protected so it can be easily shared and instantly provisioned for each employee according to his or her level of responsibility and access rights. Based on log-in information, managers can automatically control and monitor use of approved applications to help ensure on-the-job productivity is not compromised. Supported by Motorola‘s portfolio of enterprise-grade software modules including RhoElements, a new HTML5 application enablement framework, businesses can now quickly and cost-effectively develop enterprise applications once and deploy them on both traditional Windows Embedded Handhel and Android-based Motorola devices, allowing for consistent user experiences. The ET1 incorporates a durable Gorilla Glass 7-inch color display, designed for customer-facing applications containing video and images. In addition, the screen bezel can be customized to match the retailer’s brand. The ET1 tablet will be available with Motorola’s Service from the Start with Comprehensive Coverage program, providing coverage for normal wear and tear as well as accidental damage to internal and external components, significantly reducing unforeseen repair expenses. Motorola Solutions‘ ET1 tablet will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011.
- Durable design to withstand multiple bumps and drops during a workday
- Optional integrated bar code scanner and magnetic stripe reader
- Hot-swappable rechargeable battery pack, with memory back-up battery to retain RAM data for up to 15 minutes when the main battery is removed
- Single- and multi-slot tablet and battery chargers
- Front- and rear-facing cameras
- Availability of Bluetooth-connected handheld bar-code scanners, mobile-payment readers and mobile printers
- Optional hand strap for comfortable full-shift handling