The business tablet segment seems to be catching on the fancy of tablet manufacturers and the latest to drop its hat in this category that is fast becoming competitive is Motorola. However, Motorola aims to stand out of the rest of those who also have business tablets to offer in that it is keeping its faith on Google’s Android as the operating system of choice for its upcoming business tablet. This marks a break from the usual trend followed by tablet manufacturers to fall back on the Windows 7 OS when it is about developing a tablet PC for the enterprise sector while a mass oriented tablet meant for general use would almost certainly be designed to run the Android operating system.
The 7 inch tablet which is expected to enter the beta testing phase towards October also boasts of nice cool specs that can shame many a biggies in the segment. Powered by a dual core 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor coupled to 1 GB of RAM along with internal storage of 8 GB should be indication enough ‘Moto’ does mean serious business with the tablet.
The rest of the spec story for the tablet reveals Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, along with USB connectivity. The battery pack with ensure continuous operation for about 5.5 hours when used for energy sapping tasks such as streaming videos over Wi-Fi but will last longer when put to other general duties. The tablet will comes embedded with an 8 megapixel rear facing camera while a 1.3 megapixel camera at the front will allow for video conferencing. The rear 8 megapixel camera also includes “illumination and aiming” feature to enable scanning of barcodes, something that will surely find favor with the business people.
What the business folks would further like of the tablet is that Motorola is keen to add a touch of rigidity to the tablet so as to ensure a fair degree of survival even in the harshest of situations. Hence the tablet can survive exposure to severe heat and dusty conditions on the one hand to even being splashed with water. The tablet will also be ok with an accidental fall (from a height of four feet maximum), which means the tablet is as much at ease in a boardroom environment as it will be in the harsh workshop conditions.
However, the tablet wont be laced with Android honey. Instead, the upcoming Motorola tablet will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Incidentally, Motorola is the first to come up with a full fledged tablet running Android Honeycomb in the form of the XOOM tablet PC.