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Getac’s ruggedised 7-inch tablet with glove-friendly touch capability

Getac’s ruggedised 7-inch tablet with glove-friendly touch capability

Z710 Android tablet with high touch-sensitivity for use with gloves in hazardous environments

Ruggedised mobile technology vendor, Getac, a subsidiary of MiTAC-Synnex Business Group, has unveiled a new 7-inch rugged and compact Android tablet which places emphasis on touch sensitivity.

The Getac Z710 is built with LumiBond Technology which integrates Gorilla Glass, a capacitive touch sensor and LED panel to increase its touch sensitivity. As a result, it can recognise interaction from users who are wearing gloves.

“This unique feature will save time and boost productivity in sectors where users typically wear gloves to provide protection within hazardous working environments,” Getac vice-president, Rowina Lee, said.

As such, the Z710 is targeted at the utility, logistics, automotive, and other field service sectors which require communication and data capture functionality within harsh environments, according to Synnex Australia’s Getac product manager, Andrew Yu.

Getac claims that the 800-gram device is IP65 and MIL-STD-810G rated, can withstand six-foot drops, and operates in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees Celsius to 50 degrees Celsius.

In terms of connectivity, the tablet features Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, and 3G.

While Getac claims the Z710 has a 10-hour battery life, it is safe to assume that ongoing use will achieve half that amount. When questioned on the large number, Yu confirmed that idle time was included in the tests.

The Z710 will be shipping with Android 2.3. Yu said that this version of the product will not be upgradeable to Android 4.0 or 4.1, although future models will be.

Yu also said that future Getac tablets may utilise the Windows 8 platform, although emphasised that this is not confirmed.

Additional features include an all-in-one and instant capture 1D/2D imager barcode reader, high-definition 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, and high frequency RFID reader.

The Getac Z710 will be distributed exclusively through Synnex and has a starting RRP of $1699.


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