Contrary to popular belief, Intel isn't the only company making waves at the Intel Developer Forum
. In fact, the company has invited quite a few other outfits to make the journey to San Francisco to showcase their wares, and it looks as if TabletKiosk took 'em up on that very offer.
With MIDs and UMPCs making somewhat of a comeback (or at least they are in Intel's eyes), it's not shocking to see this company re-emerge on the scene with three new Tablet PCs. You may recall TabletKiosk making a splash back in 2006
with a VIA-based unit, and now the company has switched over to Intel along with quite a few of its rivals. The 7" eo a7330D Ultra-Mobile PC, 7" eo TufTab a7230XD Rugged Ultra-Mobile PC and the 12.1" Sahara NetSlate a230T touch screen Tablet PC are all making their debuts, and each of them are getting powered by Intel's Atom CPU.
Exact specifications for the devices are listed below, and wildly enough, each of them quality for a free upgrade to Windows 7 Professional if purchased with Vista on or before 01/31/2010. Win7 on a Tablet? We'll have to try that out!
eo(TM) a7330D Ultra-Mobile PC
This newest member of TabletKiosk's family of eo Ultra-Mobile PCs is the first 7-inch tablet to feature an auto-switching dual mode active digitizer / resistive touch screen panel developed by Wacom®, the pioneering leader in pen technology. Business professionals in hospitality, home automation and industrial control systems are also excited about other features of the eo a7330D including its dual, hot swappable battery packs; integrated wireless connectivity; a "fit-in-your-hand" design; and a revolutionary new modular expansion system. By attaching one of the interchangeable expansion modules, the functionality of the device can be customized for specific business applications including scanning bar codes, swiping credit cards and even connecting to enhanced 3G/3.5G wireless wide area networks. Based on high-speed USB Bus technology, the modules are hot swappable and can be removed or switched out without powering down the system.
"We designed the new eo a7330D in response to the industry-specific challenges which we felt were not being met by the current crop of 7-inch devices," said Martin Smekal, president of TabletKiosk. "Instead of pushing a 'one-size-fits-all' device that must be paired with external attachments, cords and dongles, the new eo a7330D with its modular expansion system can be easily and cleanly customized to perform specific business functions, thus providing seamless integration with industry standard applications."
eo a7330D is powered by the Intel® Atom(TM) Z530P processor and comes standard with 1.0 GB RAM, 1.8" 80 GB HDD (SSD drives optional), sunlight viewable screen, dual hot swappable batteries, built-in wireless capabilities including GPS, 802.11a/b/g/n Dual Channel WiFi and Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR, and the auto-switching dual mode digitizer/touch screen for highly accurate handwriting recognition and finger touch control.
eo TufTab® a7230XD Rugged Ultra-Mobile PC
The new eo TufTab a7230XD is a rugged Ultra-Mobile PC that surpasses MIL-SPEC-810F specifications and is rated IP54 to provide a lightweight and durable solution for on-the-go professionals working in harsher than normal environments. Featuring the same auto-switching active digitizer / passive touch screen as the eo a7330D, this revolutionary device is ably suited for outdoor fieldwork, data collection, warehousing, mobile point of sale and other work functions which endure extreme handling.
Also powered by the Intel® Atom(TM) Z530P processor, the eo TufTab a7230XD comes standard with 1.0GB RAM, 80GB HDD (SSD optional), 802.11a/b/g/n Dual Channel WiFi, 2.0 Mpixel Still/Video camera with auto focus, dual hot swappable batteries, integrated RFID reader, built-in 1D/2D barcode scanner, 1Gb Ethernet, RS-232 Serial port, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and TPM v1.2. Built-in 3G/3.5G WWAN module is optional.
Sahara NetSlate(TM) a230T
The latest addition to the Sahara Slate PC® line of 12.1-inch slate-style Tablet PCs is the Sahara NetSlate a230T. This new, entry-level touch screen tablet is more affordable option for on-the-go professionals and companies looking for a true slate-style tablet solution, but not necessarily with the enhanced feature-set or processing power of the existing Sahara Slate PC® i400 series of Tablet PCs.
The Sahara NetSlate a230T shares the same body design and form factor of its i400 series siblings, but is powered by the Intel® Atom(TM) N270 processor and comes standard with 1.0GB RAM (upgradeable to 2.0GB) a 120GB HDD (SSD optional), 802.11a/b/g/n Dual Channel WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an optional built-in 3G/3.5G WWAN module.
Because continuity is an important value when integrating a new client solution into an existing business installation, the Sahara NetSlate is fully compatible with all accessories created for the Sahara Slate PC® i400 series, including the docking cradle, VESA mounting plates, batteries and carrying cases.
"The Intel Atom processor is a great low power design perfectly suited for bringing the Internet to small devices, from MIDs and netbooks to Tablets and smartphones," said Pankaj Kedia, director of global ecosystem programs in Intel's Ultra Mobility group. "The Atom processor is helping to accelerate hundreds of innovative designs, like the new eo Ultra-Mobile PCs and Sahara NetSlate products that TabletKiosk is announcing today."
Because today's business applications vary greatly in their requirements, all three devices come preinstalled with a choice of Microsoft® Windows Vista® Business, Windows® XP Embedded or openSUSE(TM) Linux 11. All three systems qualify for a FREE downgrade to Windows XP Professional (or Tablet PC Edition for the two eo UMPCs). In addition, all three also qualify for a FREE upgrade to Windows 7 Professional if purchased with Windows Vista on or before January 31, 2010.
Pricing and Availability
- eo(TM) a7330D can be pre-ordered now and will start shipping the beginning of October.
- eo TufTab® a7230XD can be pre-ordered now and will begin shipping the third week of October.
- Sahara NetSlate(TM) a230T is available now.
- For pricing and additional details, please visit www.tabletkiosk.com or contact your Authorized TabletKiosk Dealer.