Taiwanese chipmaker VIA recently announced a rugged Android tablet, made for – you guessed it – enterprise applications. The new slate is called the VIA Viega, and though it’s not nearly as powerful as Panasonic’s ToughPad line, it is made to withstand conditions that would murder your typical tablet PC. Read on to know more about it.
VIA Viega: Rugged and ready for the field
Like the ToughPad line, this baby is IP65 rated, which means that it’s water-resistant and dust-proof, as well as shock and vibration resistant. According to the press release, it can survive falls from 2 meters and its LED backlit LCD screen is protected with tempered glass. Apart from its IP65 rating though, the VIA Viega seems like your typical 10.1-inch Android tablet. It features a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual core CPU (with NEON technology and Mali-400 DP graphics), 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of flash memory. There are plenty of I/O slots and ports here: micro SIM, microSD card, 2 microUSB (one of which has DC12V-in/COM function), and micro HDMI. Other features include NFC and GPS support, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connectivity, and a polymer battery that can apparently last up to 9 hours.
In case you do have to work out in the field, where presumably, there are no hotspots, fret not as this tablet has 3G support. The cameras, on the other hand, (a 2 MP front shooter and 5 MP main with autofocus) are optional.
Interestingly, VIA indicates that the Viega will feature an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS with “enhanced security features”, and that customers can ask for further customizations (“framework, kernel and device management customization services”). Epan Wu, Head of VIA Embedded Platform Division, had this to say about the slate:
As more and more enterprises seek to increase productivity and improve customer service by equipping their staff with mobile devices, they are quickly learning that it is critically important to deploy customized solutions built to withstand the demands of their target environments rather than standard off-the-shelf products. With its rugged design, enhanced security features, and customization support, the VIA Viega addresses this need and provides the longevity support that enterprise level customers require.
Pricing and availability
Unfortunately, the press release wasn’t as forthcoming about pricing and availability as it was with the VIA Viega’s specs. Stay tuned for more updates about this one.