Boutique Tablet PC distributor, Tegatech, has been given distribution rights to Asus' ultra mobile PC (UMPC) and Tablet PC products.
The range includes the Asus R2H and R1F. Tegatech principal, Hugo Ortega, said the deal rounded out its range of Microsoft Origami-approved devices. The company also carries models from Samsung, TabletKiosk and RaonDigital. He claimed it was the first local distributor to carry the full range.
The R2H has integrated GPS capability, fingerprint reader, 1.3 megapixel camera, Ethernet, Bluetooth keyboard and comes with an external DVD writer. Based on Windows XP, it retails for $2199. Ortega claimed it was one of the most comprehensive all-in-one UMPC models available today.
"It fits nicely with several verticals, such as freight, transport and courier services, or even the trade and tourism industry, because it's very portable," he said.
By contrast, the Asus R1F was targeted at more traditional Tablet PC users and would retail for about $4000.
Ortega was not concerned about the conflicting interests of carrying the full range of Origami UMPC devices as each vendor had taken a different approach. For example, there were two screen types available: pen-based models which allowed users to hand write on the screen; and mini PCs based on finger navigation.
Ortega was keen to recruit partners from a variety of verticals to drive broader adoption of UMPC and Tablet PC technology. Tegatech currently has 140 resellers including Commander and Data#3.
"The common theme with all of our resellers is that they were after something that was bigger than a PDA but smaller than a laptop," he said. "How that ends up in the market can be far reaching."
Existing customers range from the police and fire brigade, through to freight and logistics transporters, restaurants and casinos.