Motorola's rugged 7-inch tablet aims for enterprise

The hardware maker is said to be working on a new Android tablet with military-grade specifications and enterprise-ready applications.

Will Motorola's rugged tablet be a hit with the enterprise crowd? Engadget

Motorola could be in the early stages of developing a new, rugged Android tablet. According to information passed to Engadget, the company has begun work on a new 7-inch tablet that looks to feature a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. Other preliminary specifications peg this unnamed tablet with an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, HDMI output, and a USB port for "snap-in" peripherals.

The presentation slide alludes to a "rugged" tablet that would be able to withstand extreme temperatures and drops from 4 feet. Motorola has already released a few Android devices with similar hardware features in the Defy and push-to-talk i1 .

Very little is known about the software, save for its enterprise features. Motorola claims that this tablet will be the "first physical embodiment defining Android for the Enterprise" and lists a few specific features, including security and scanning utilities.

This device is expect to enter a beta-testing phase in October of this year, with a presumed 2012 launch. Considering the amount of time that will pass before the table hits the market, Motorola has plenty of opportunity to install Honeycomb or the latest version of a platform-optimized Android. As it stands, however, this tablet will run Android 2.3 "Gingerbread." Given we are possibly a year away from seeing this tablet arrive in stores, much could change.


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