Australian company Tegatech Australia is in the process of launching a Tablet PC named Tega, which the company claims has been made with all the expertise that it has earned over the 10 years that it has been in the business of distributing UMPCs and Tablet devices throughout Australia, New Zealand as well as in Europe. Manufactured under technical collaboration with Chinese company K.B.T. who provided support in the development of the firmware and the touchscreen, the Tega is an elegant device with good build quality and lot’s of functionality. Also with an entire decade of consumer feedback that has gone into the designing of the Tega, we sure can expect of it to be another one of those ‘iPad killers’. So let’s find out if it indeed matches up to the Apple heavyweight offering, at least from a spec sheet point of view.
And it does not disappoint here. Dominating the front end of the Tega is a 10.2-inch TFT LCD Resistive touchscreen that has a 1024 x 600 (WXVGA) resolution and a wide viewing angle. Apart from being able to accept finger guided inputs directly on the screen, the tablet also comes with a stylus which can be used to input handwritten notes right on the screen. 3G functionality comes built in and is a standard feature on all models, though the Tablet also supports 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi.
Powering the tablet will be a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 ULV Processor and has a gig of DDR2 RAM. A quite generous 160GB HDD takes care of storage concerns through the SD card slot provided can help things further should you require more memory space. And in case you are thinking its a slow mover, you are wrong. For the Tega is surprisingly fast and can pull off most tasks pretty quickly.
Battery life though is dismal at only 2.5 hours as with an on board 3500mAh battery that needs to charged every 2 to 3 hours seriously mars its claim of being a portable device. A bare minimum of 4 hours of battery life is an absolute necessary for a device to be counted truly mobile and the Tega seriously disappoints in this respect. Sure there are ways of increasing the battery like switching off WiFi or reducing screen brightness. But then these will rob the user of a nice experience with the Tega.
Another interesting aspect of the Tega is the option it provides as far as the OS is concerned. Like one can opt for a Tega that does not come preloaded with any OS so that the user may have the device loaded with the Ubuntu. Or, they can go for the versions that come pre-installed with the Windows 7.
Then there are 3 USB ports, a LAN port along with a headphone jack, and internal microphone. There’s also a SIM card slot for 3G which can be accessed by removing the battery. The tablet also comes with a front facing 1.3 MP integrated camera. With a length, width and height of 246 x 166 x 24 mm, its quite a portable device. Add to that its weight of under a kilo and you have one handy device in the Tega. It will be officially launched at the 2010 edition of CeBIT Australia that is to be held in Sydney from the 24th till the 26th of May and has been priced at $995.28. So all in all, a nice Tablet PC to look forward to. The only thing remaining is to see how the market reacts to the Tegatech Australia’s latest offering.
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