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InHand rolls out the Hydra-T3 rugged tablet PC

The new portable device comes with a TI CPU, a 7-inch screen and up to 12 hours of battery life

Remember the ruggedized Orchard Toughlet slate PC we told you about a while back? As it turns out, it will have to compete with a new kid on the block: the recently introduced Hydra-T3 tablet manufactured by InHand Electronics. The reason we are mentioning those two together is that they both have military-grade toughness and sport a Pixel Qi sunlight-readable display.

According to the maker, the new Hydra-T3 is powered by a Texas Instruments DaVinci DM3730 dual-core CPU clocked at 1GHz and an additional 800MHz TMS320C64X+ DSP (Digital Signal Processor). Furthermore, the device packs the above mentioned Pixel Qi analog resistive (and apparently “chemically strengthened”) touchscreen display that measures 7-inch in diagonal and supports a resolution of 1024-by-600 pixels (WSVGA).

The slate PC houses up to 1GB of internal DDR2 RAM, up to 16GB eMMC Flash storage, an ambient light sensor, an accelerometer and a 5MP camera for “barcode scanning; image capture”). Reportedly, users will be able to take advantage of two USB 2.0 ports, Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS modules (3G and 4G connectivity will also be available sometime in the “future”).

The Hydra-T3 is 0.98-inch thick and features 4 programmable physical buttons. In addition, it is compliant with IP67, MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F standards, which means the tablet is capable of operating in extreme temperatures (-40°C to 85°C) and withstanding multiple free drops to concrete, among other things. InHand claims the built-in 37WHr redundant 3.7V Lithium Polymer battery with Qi wireless charging has an autonomy period of 10-12 hours on a single charge.

This new ruggedized slate PC supposedly weighs 1.5lbs and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Windows Embedded Compact 6.0 and Ubuntu 10.10 operating systems.

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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-03-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)