Okay, these might not be quite as elegant as, say, that 10-inch, high-res slate coming out of the famed Cupertino labs, but hey, folks working on construction sites (or doing other types of handy work) need to get some actual work done. Here's where Motion Computing comes in. The outfit's just taken the wraps off of its newest rugged tablet PCs, the F5t and C5t -- both of which can be loaded with a choice of an i3, i5 or i7 third-gen Intel CPU, also known as Ivy Bridge. What's more, the company's also letting users pick between a 64 or 128GB solid-state drive, which can then be paired alongside 2 or 4GB of RAM. As you can imagine, this ruggedized duo isn't exactly aimed at something like the Nexus 7 crowd, since the starting price point for the Windows 7 Pro couple starts off at around $2,240 ($2,236, to be exact) depending on configuration. Either way, you can give 'em both a better look after the break, thanks to a press shot gallery courtesy of their creator.
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Motion Introduces Next Generation F5t and C5t Rugged Tablet PCs
Integrated with 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors, Motion's Latest Tablets Provide Superior Performance, Optimized Battery Life and Industry-Leading Display Features
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Motion Computing®, a leading global provider of tablet PCs and mobility solutions, today announced the next generation F5t and C5t Tablet PCs. Designed to enhance productivity for mobile workers across a broad range of vertical markets, such as field service, healthcare, construction and retail, the latest Motion® tablets deliver uncompromising levels of power, security and manageability.
Powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors designed for optimized mobility and featuring a variety of power saving technologies, these latest tablet PCs from Motion offer up to six hours of battery life*. The tablets also feature Motion's hot-swap battery feature for extended, uninterrupted productivity in the field. Finally, built to run on Windows, the F5t and C5t Tablet PCs offer seamless business integration and virtually unlimited usability.
After testing the new F5t Tablet PC, Conrad Blickenstorfer, editor-in-chief of RuggedPCReview.com, noted, "The new F5t features a host of productivity-enhancing improvements. Most amazingly, even with the more powerful processor and the same size battery, battery life has improved significantly. Compared to its immediate predecessor, the new F5t offers roughly twice the performance, yet battery life can be twice as long." Blickenstorfer ran a variety of performance, battery and usability tests which can be found in his review of the F5t. While testing for battery life, the F5t showed between 3.5 hours and 6 hours of continuous usage time depending on device settings.
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F5t Mobile Field Tool Offers Unparalleled Outdoor Usability
The new F5t, designed specifically for mobile workflows across field service environments, features an industry-leading display that further enhances outdoor usability. Now available with the combination of Motion's proprietary View Anywhere® technology for visibility even in direct sunlight, Corning® Gorilla® Glass for enhanced display protection, and dual-touch input, the F5t brings innovative display and input technologies together for the optimal indoor or outdoor usage experience.
Superior Performance and Extended Battery Life Enhance User Productivity
Motion's next generation F5t and C5t rugged tablet PCs deliver increased performance and responsiveness. Available with the Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, or the advanced security capabilities available with the Intel® Core i7 vPro™ platform, the F5t and C5t Tablet PCs are available with an array of performance options to meet the needs of both users and IT professionals across vertical markets.
"Motion's latest tablets with the 3rd generation Intel Core vPro processors are designed to meet the needs of mobile workforces by offering optimized battery life and the high performance these workers demand to enhance productivity anytime anywhere," said Dan Russell, director of business client platforms and solutions marketing at Intel. "Further, the F5t and C5t Tablet PCs enable both the business user and IT managers to compute with confidence through a combination of Intel based security paired with exciting designs and easy automation."
New Features Offer Improved Field Usability and Connectivity
Enterprise-ready and built to work with Windows 8** and featuring a multi-touch user interface, Motion Tablet PC users are also seamlessly connected through robust communications support such as optional integrated Gobi™ connectivity, optional integrated GPS with support for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), Euro Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), and Multi-purpose Satellite Augmentation System (MSAS)*** for increased accuracy and faster satellite acquisition time.
Building on Motion's successful line of rugged tablet PCs, the new F5t and C5t Tablet PCs are built around a magnesium-alloy internal frame for rugged protection, and meet MIL-STD-810G and IP-54 standards, offering protection against the bumps, drops and exposure to dust and moisture associated with highly mobile workflows.
Additional Features Include:
10.4-inch dual-input display with capacitive two-finger touch and high-resolution digitizer pen input, and Gorilla Glass for enhanced durability
Intel Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi® with Bluetooth® 4.0 and HD Graphics 4000
64GB or 128GB solid state drive (SSD) for advanced performance
Front-facing web camera and rear-facing documentation camera
Optional Smart Card Reader for strong security authentication
Integrated RFID and optional Barcode Scanner for improved data acquisition
Tailored Accessories to Improve Workflows
The C5t and F5t Tablet PCs are compatible with a broad array of accessories designed to improve usability and portability. Key peripherals include:
Docking, Mounting and Storage Solutions: Including the standard C5-Series and F5-Series Docking Stations and Mobile Dock by RAM Mounts
Carrying Cases: Including the C5-Series and F5-Series Carry Sleeve, ClipCarry or custom carry cases as needed
Data Acquisition and Input Tools: Including the Rugged Digitizer Pen, EasyConnect MSRe with Magnetic Stripe Reader (MSR), USB and Ethernet
Power Solutions: Including the ReadyDock by ATS and External Battery Chargers
Pricing and Availability
The Motion F5t and C5t Tablet PCs are now available at a starting price of $2,236 USD. All Motion Tablet PCs are available through an international network of value-added resellers and distributors. For more information, please contact your local reseller or visit your local Motion website.
*Battery life based on MobileMark 2007 test, results will vary based on product configuration, applications, features and power management settings
**The F5t and C5t Tablet PCs come standard with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, and all F5t and C5t Tablet PC customers will be eligible for a Windows 8 upgrade upon its release.
*** Please visit the F5t and C5t product pages for more details about augmentation systems by region.