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There’s a new player in the enterprise tablet space

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 18 Sep 2015
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Zebra Technologies has introduced new, customisable, enterprise-class tablets to better target businesses looking to update their mobility strategy.

The ET50 and ET55 tablet computers combine consumer-styling with enterprise-class features. They come in a choice of a Microsoft Windows 8.1 or Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating system (OS) and two different display sizes.

In fact, the ET50/55 is the first Zebra tablet computer available with the Windows 8.1 OS and is Windows 10-ready.

Windows gives access to legacy ERP systems and commonality to desktop solutions, says Zebra.

The Android version of the ET50/55 tablet computer comes standard with Zebra's Mobility Extensions (Mx), which provides enterprise-class security, device management and data capture capabilities. 

The Android tablets are also equipped with Zebra's AppGallery, which is an Android enterprise app store providing ready-to-use apps.

Joe White, Zebra Technologies vice president Enterprise Mobile Computing, says, "The rugged ET50 line of tablet computers addresses all the business issues associated with deploying tablets inside and outside the four walls of the enterprise – from durability, security and expandability to device and application management.

“And with the addition of Windows 8.1 to our tablet portfolio, customers can truly choose the enterprise-class tablet that best fits their mobile strategy."

Zebra says these new tablets are compatible with the majority of the company’s enterprise-class accessories, such as new vehicle mount cradles, for service technicians, delivery drivers and salespeople on the road, and the forklift mount, which can handle most warehouse environments.

Advanced scanning capabilities are available to capture photos, NFC tags, and bar codes, and hot-swappable batteries augment the built-in battery and deliver all-day power to field service, transportation and logistics, retail, warehouse, manufacturing and government employees.

Designed for mobility, the ET50 features Wi-Fi connectivity while the ET55 adds 4G LTE cellular connectivity. Both models offer an advanced capacitive touch display that enables gloved or ungloved usage and the ability to use a stylus or a finger for annotating and capturing signatures.

All configurations are designed to MIL-STD specification for drops to concrete and have IP65 sealing.

Zebra OneCare Essential Services provide device diagnostics and coverage for normal wear and tear as well as accidental damage to internal and external components, significantly reducing unforeseen repair expenses.

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