Motorola Solutions unveils the ET1 tablet for businesses
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Motorola Solutions launched their first Android based tablet ET1 on Monday, intended for enterprise level deployments in a range of vertical markets, targeting specifically for business users. Motorola Mobility, which spun off from Motorola Solutions and sold to Google Inc., has already an Android based tablet line, called the Xoom. But ET1 is the first Android tablet form Motorola Solutions to be sold as the Motorola-branded Android tablet, through solution providers.
According to Sheldon Safir, director of global partner marketing for Motorola Solutions, they are uniquely equipped to sell tablets through the channel to enterprise because it already has a thriving mobility practice featuring a range of other mobile computers, from the scanners it sells to transportation and retail customers to the digital assistants it provides for health care settings.
Safir also mentioned that the key was designing a device that would easily fit in the environment such as retail and have enterprise-grade security features, along with a comfortable use as a consumer tablet.
The ET1 has a 7inch capacitive touch screen with a Gorilla Glass display, which will be capable of providing a resolution of 1024 x 600pixels. It will be powered by Android 2.3 and a Dual core processor with a speed of 1GHz on each along with a graphics accelerator. A 1GB RAM is also provided along with a 4GB Flash memory. A 4GB micro SD card is also provided with this device although it can be extended up to 32GB.
Other connectivity options available are two USB interfaces, one HDMI out port, communication via cradle and expansion ports. Two cameras are also provided, one at its rear of 8MP with a controllable LED flash and other at its front which is specially optimized for video collaboration and low lighting conditions.
ET1 runs on a 4620 mAh Li-Ion battery along with a memory backup capable of retaining RAM data for 15 minutes during a battery change. Some other specifications include Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, Gyroscope, motion sensor and electronic compass.
The dimension of this device is 5.14 x 8.82 x 0.98inches and weigh around 1.4lbs. The Wi-Fi version will be available by the fourth quarter of this year and Motorola solutions partners on the mobile Solutions track within Motorola’s PartnerEmpower program will be able to sell this device immediately. According to Safir the list price is expected to be less than $1000 per unit.
With the launch of ET1 Motorola has now also made available RhoElements, a web based application framework design to allow business quick and easy development and deployment of business application on their Motorola mobile devices. It is mainly for ET1 and all Motorola devices that run on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows CE. RhoElements 1.0, the initial release, offers a support for HTML5 features like application caching and web storage.
Now, we have to see how it competes in the market with other growing class of enterprise focused tablets such as the Cisco Cius and Avaya Desktop, which specially targets of the business users.