Winmate is a Taiwanese company founded in 1994. Specializing in industrial display technologies and solutions, Winmate also branched out into Tablet PCs, digital signage, marine grade displays and computers and, most recently, panels, embedded automation controllers, and rugged Mobile PCs such as the 9.7-inch Compact Rugged Tablet PC shown here.
With this 9.7-inch Rugged Tablet PC (official model number R09ID9M-RTL1), Winmate launched an elegant semi-rugged Windows 7-based tablet geared towards users attracted to the tablet experience, but who want or need to stay within the Microsoft software platform.
In terms of execution, the Winmate tablet looks a bit like a fortified iPad, with the same 9.7-inch display size, the same XGA 1024 x 768 resolution, and the same 4:3 aspect ratio as the iPad, and with very similar dimensions as well. The Winmate tablet is about 3/4s of an inch longer and wider and also somewhat thicker and heavier than Apple's megahit, but that's to be expected given the extra protection. Still, just like Panasonic with its Toughpad A1, Winmate created a ruggedized device reminiscent much more of a modern-era media tablet than an older-style Tablet PC.
The new-style thinking also extends to operations as the Winmate tablet has a a projected capacitive touch screen. The world, of course, has fallen in love with this technology that ushered in an era of effortless tapping, panning, pinching and zooming, but given that Winmate's tech specs for this tablet do not list an additional pen-based digitizer, we're not sure how capacitive touch alone goes with Windows 7.
Processing power comes from Intel's next-gen Atom "Cedar Trail" platform that employs 32nm technology and is essentially an evolved successor of the N270/N280 and N455/N475 chips that powered all those tens of millions of netbooks. The 1.6GHz Atom N2600 in Winmate's tablet works in conjunction with the Intel NM10 chipset, a known quantity already used with current generation Atom chips. The base version of the tablet comes with a 16GB solid state disk.
On the connectivity side, there's a docking connector, USB, and a combination LAN/HDMI port. For wireless there's 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 3.5G. There's also a single 2mp camera. The battery specs only list 5,300mAH and about four hours of operation, and there does not seem to be GPS.
While Winmate describes the upcoming tablet as "compact rugged" and the tablet looks the part with its corner protection, the environmental specs are modest. 32 to 122 degree Fahrenheit operating temperature, twoo foot drop, no sealing rating or vibration protection data. Given Winmate's experience in rugged mobile computing, we assume those are just partial or preliminary specs.
As is, Winmate's upcoming 9.7-inch compct rugged tablet offers an enticing glimpse at a potentially very attractive tablet product that with its capacitive touch display seems more Windows 8 than Windows 7-oriented (though WES 7-based custom applications optimized for touch offer interesting potential). At this point, the details are still somewhat sketchy and we'll report in more detail once we get actual hands-on experience.
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