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GammaTech T7Q rugged tablet goes on sale

This new slate PC offers a 7-inch sunlight readable screen, Atom CPU and plenty of security and connectivity features

The California-headquartered manufacturer of portable electronic devices, GammaTech has reportedly introduced a new, fully rugged tablet, called T7Q. According to the company, this product delivers a sturdy-yet-lightweight design and is “ideal” for field professionals working in various industries including oil, gas and transportation. The T7Q will become commercially available next month (August) and will have a starting price of $2,000.

Apparently, the rugged slate PC weighs 3lbs, features ergonomic hand straps and offers military-grade toughness. It meets the MIL-STD-810G standard (drop, shock, spill, salt and fog resistance) and has an IP65 rating, which means the device is protected against dust and water ingress.

Jen Chen, GammaTech president was quoted as saying: "Whether used on the road, in an office or at home, the lightweight and fully rugged T7Q offers exceptional peace of mind,""This new tablet has the reliability that lets users concentrate on their work without having to worry about physical or functional damage during extended, everyday use, even if everyday use is in harsh environments."

The T7Q is powered by a choice of Atom Cedar Trail processors and can be equipped with up to an Intel Atom N2800 SoC. The chip incorporates two physical cores (4 threads) clocked at 1.86GHz and the integrated Intel GMA 3650 graphics card. Furthermore, users are provided with a 7-inch LED-backlit resistive touchscreen display of 1024-by-600 pixels maximum supported resolution (a sunlight readable panel with digitizer is available as an option), an ambient light sensor, eCompass and gyroscope for “sophisticated navigation applications”.

Built around an Intel NM10 Express Chipset, the tablet accommodates 2GB of DDR3 RAM, an mSATA solid-state drive, Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 radios. Other specs presumably include three expansion slots, 5MP rear-facing camera (with GeoTagging support) for shooting videos and taking pictures and a built-in GPS receiver complemented by optional bar-code scanner, RFID and magnetic stripe readers.

GammaTech’s fully rugged T7Q runs on a Windows 7 operating system and features an integrated TPM 1.2 (Trusted Platform Module) security chip.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-07-16 (Update: 2012-07-16)