Tablet PC distributor, Tegatech, has become the first local distributor for USbased niche notebook computing vendor, Nova Mobility. Principal, Hugo Ortega, said it had been approached by the vendor through a US partner. The appointment is part of the vendor's global push to invest in channel relationships.
"Nova heard we were looking for rugged [PC] suppliers and went looking for a partner at the same time," he said. "It was good timing."
Tegatech will initially focus on distributing Nova's new range of SunPad ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) products. The four semi-rugged machines are based on AMD components and feature an 8.4-inch touchscreen as well as a hot-swappable battery. The products run Windows XP Tablet PC edition.
One of the key selling points for the units was their bright display, Ortega said. These made the devices suitable for mobile fi eld workers, mining and engineering environments or a mobile sales force.
"The machines have a slightly bigger screen size than a lot of what we carry, as we mainly do 5-7-inch devices. Their semi-ruggedised quality and outdoor viewability also makes them different," he said. "The ability to change batteries without having to power down also makes them suitable for truly mobile users.
"Anyone looking at Panasonic's Toughbooks range is a candidate for these. It's a smaller unit with less capability but it's half the price and has a full operating system. Not everyone needs to pay the premium for a Toughbook."
Nova vice-president of business development, Michael O'Reilly, said Tegatech's expertise in tablet PC products, along with its strong relationship with Microsoft, made the distributor an ideal fit. The company will be Nova's exclusive local distributor.
Ortega said Tegatech would also distribute Nova's forthcoming range of UMPCs when they were released later this year or early next year.