Sahara deal takes Tegatech up a tier

Sahara deal takes Tegatech up a tier

Tegatech has become the first Australian distributor for the Sahara brand of Tablet and touchscreen PCs.

The distributor's principal, Hugo Ortega, said the exclusive partnership with Sahara was the first fully-fledged distribution agreement it had signed. Although Tegatech had been around for six years, it had previously focused on sub-distribution agreements to support its online reseller stores, PC Anytime and Apple Anytime.

The Sahara PC range is based on a slate form factor. There are two models currently available: the i215 Touch Slate PC, and the i215 Pen Slate PC.

Both are based on Intel's Centrino M technology running at 1.5GHz, and feature 60GB hard drives, 512MB DDR memory and wireless capability. The pen-based device comes with Microsoft's Windows Tablet PC edition, while the touchscreen model is available with Windows XP Professional. Sahara was also planning to release five new small form factor models which would be available from Tegatech shortly, Ortega said.

"We want to be a distributor of mobile technology," he said.

"We plan to bring more devices into our range."

The Sydney-based company was now on the hunt for resellers across the country to take on the Sahara range. It already has several partners in WA, SA and Queensland with a presence in a variety of markets including mining, gaming and corporate.

"We would like to get a couple of hundred resellers on board," he said.

"It would be good to see the products become mainstream as they can be used everywhere and anywhere."

Ortega said it would push the Sahara products through the mass merchant retail channel once it had expanded its own internal team. Alongside the PCs, Tegatech is also carrying the Sahara brand of accessories ranging from battery chargers and docking solutions to cases and mounting plates.

Ortega said it had struck sub-distribution agreements with Lacie and STM to stock additional accessories, and was offering a compact flash device from C1 for GPS/GPRS connectivity.

Tegatech was also in talks with wireless provider, Unwired, to shift its reseller agreement up a gear to distributor status. This would allow it to bundle the Unwired wireless broadband service with Sahara products for resellers, he said.

As part of its contract, Tegatech would provide all warranty support for the Sahara PCs, including a return to base policy, and had established its own service centre to conduct repairs, Ortega said.

It had also gained A and C tick certifications for the Sahara products.

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