Published on Jun.5.2013

 

The overall rugged devices situation is dominated by Handhelds and Tablets or rugged notebook. Based on the Rugged PC Review, the market is a rather fragmented one. First, it is not totally clear what makes a device "Rugged". In the business users' generally differentiate between "Rugged" and "Semi-Rugged", where the more expensive fully rugged devices carry better sealing and are built to handle more abuse than semi-rugged models that offers somewhat less protection, but usually cost less in return. "Rugged" and "Semi-Rugged" are not the only terms we see in the market. Some players also use terms such as "business-rugged," "vehicle-rugged", "durable" or even "enterprise-rugged". Of devices on the Market We at winmate consider our products such as the M700 and M970D series as "Rugged Tablet PC". But then there are also Tablet PC specifically made for vertical market that are better made than other Tablet PC which we call those 8.4", 10.1", and 12.1" "Ultra Rugged Tablet PC". Then there's yet another category of Handhelds or "Industrial PDA" that are almost exclusively used for industrial and vertical market applications, such as C350T, E430, or S430 series.

 
Industrial PDA
3.5" – 4.3"
C350T
• 3.5", 440 nits
• TI OMAP3730
• Android 2.3.4
• Win CE 6.0
• IP54 ; 280 g
 
E430T
• 4.3", 400 nits
• TI OMAP3730
• Android 2.3.4
• Win CE 6.0
• WEH 6.5
• IP67 ; 280 g
E430M
• 4.3", 400 nits
• ARM11
• Android 2.3.4
• IP67, 200 g
 
 
S430T(keypad)
• 4.3", 400 nits
• TI OMAP3730
• Android 2.3.4
• IP67, 450 g
 
S430T(QWERTY)
• 4.3", 400 nits
• TI OMAP3730
• Win CE 6.0
• WEH 6.5
• IP67, 450 g
 
Rugged Tablet PC
7" – 9.7"
M700D
• 7", 500 nits
• Atom N2600
• WES7P
• IP65 ; 770 g
M970D
• 9.7", 350 nits
• Atom N2600
• WES7P
• IP54 ; 990 g
 
Ultra Rugged Tablet PC
8.4" – 12.1"
R08ID8M-RTU1GP
• 8.4", 500 nits
• Atom N2800
• WES7P
• Alu-Mg Alloy
• IP54; 2 kg
R10IS8M-RTT2GP
• 10.4", 700 nits
• Intel i7-2610UE
• WES7P
• Alu-Mg Alloy
• IP54; 2.5 kg
R12IS8M-RTM7GP
• 12.1", 700 nits
• Intel i7-2610UE
• WES7P
• Alu-Mg Alloy
• IP54; 3 kg
 
Bottomline here, we are seeing the beginnings of a fundamental segmentation in handhelds and Tablet PC, one that is beginning to explore the newer technology and interface models that have taken the market of consumer based products. Depending on certain applications and industries, Winmate's willingness to pioneer and explore the new technologies in Industrial or Vertical Market Handhelds and Tablet is laudable and up to date.
 

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