After a long period of repeated tests to ensure product quality and a couple of months of beta testing, Motorola has finally unveiled the ET1 tablet featuring Android 2.3. This is a first from Motorola for the enterprise market and holds great promise, according to experts, as the design is quite business-centric and physical tests have pegged the device as rather rugged.
On the inside, the ET1 has a dual core processor clocked at 1GHz, and is supported by 8GB of built-in memory and also features a microSD card slot that can support cards up to 32GB. The display is a standard 7” and features a 1024×600 resolution, which is quite common among most popular tablets today. Moreover, the screen is layered with Gorilla Glass that is scratch resistant and according to sources the touch interface is quite responsive. The ET1 comes with an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and is capable of 720p video recording. There is also the usual front camera for video calling and the like. The battery is allegedly high performance and the RAM can store the current state for 15 minutes while the battery is changed or is out of power.
With an enterprise tablet such as this one, the outside is more important than the inside. The tablet weighs in at 1.4lbs (about 700g) and this is well above the weight of any average tablet. The interesting part is that there are a whole host of accessories that can be coupled with this slate and they range from barcode scanners and magnetic stripe readers to a holster for portability. Connectivity options here are quite limited as there is only WiFi for the initial release version but Wide Area Network (WAN) capabilities are in the offing, according to Motorola executives. Since this is going to be up for retail grabs, the bezel around the screen can be customized and designed according to the retailer’s choice.
As of now, the exact price is unknown but speculation rests it at less than $1000, especially for bulk orders.