We knew something was coming soon and here it is: Motion has announced their new slate tablet PC, the LE1700. In a nutshell, it runs Vista Business Edition on a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo processor with 1 gig or RAM (4 gigs max), 40 to 80 gig 1.8" hard drive (OK, the drive won't be fast-- why not use a 2.5" drive for better performance?) and an XGA+ display. The price starts at $2,199 and there's a more affordable Windows XP version for those of you whose companies just say no to Vista. All of Motion's usual goodies such as a dock, and thin extended battery are available for the LE1700.
Here's some info from the press release:
"Motion Computing, a leader in ultramobile computing and wireless communications, yesterday unveiled the LE1700, the company?s latest flagship slate tablet PC. The most feature-rich tablet PC on the market, the LE1700 integrates the latest technologies aimed at enhancing productivity of mobile professionals in healthcare, field sales and service, government and hospitality, among others. New technologies available on the LE1700 include Motion?s exclusive WriteTouch display option for dual-mode writing and touch-screen input; Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) integration; the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system; and Intel Core 2 Duo mobile technology.
?The LE1700 is another good example of Motion?s penchant for choosing the relevant and innovative technologies to help our vertical industry customers do their jobs better and more efficiently,? said Tony Bonadero, Motion?s vice president of product management. ?Productivity, mobility and security go hand-in-hand and are paramount to the technology decisions mobile professionals make, so we?ll continue to focus on integrating the right technologies to support truly mobile workflows ? from WriteTouch for flexibility of input to WWAN for staying connected regardless of location to data protection via ComputraceComplete and DataGuard.?
Most Feature-Rich Tablet Available Today Motion?s LE1700 is packed with cutting-edge features and technologies; all in a lightweight, durable and ergonomic slate tablet PC.
The LE1700WT includes the exclusive Motion WriteTouch display option for the most responsive dual-mode writing and touch-screen experience on the market. With the LE1700WT, Motion is the first to bring to market automatic switching between digitizer and touch input with a simple double-tap of a finger or hover with the digitized pen to go from one mode to the other. WriteTouch accepts input from the pad of a finger or digitized pen, but will not respond to other materials or objects.
?N-trig?s native dual mode technology for pen and capacitive touch enables the LE1700 to set a new and superior standard for tablet usability and natural input,? said Amihai BenDavid, CEO, N-trig Inc. ?This new technology expands the horizon for mobile computing where even the most experienced tablet users will find a dramatic change in how they interface with their system. Once again, Motion is demonstrating its vision and leadership through introduction of the LE1700 for tablet PC users.?
Optimized by the tablet PC enhancements included in the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, the LE1700 will allow IT departments to use one operating system across all enterprise hardware. Vista includes additional layers of .NET integration to facilitate the development of digital ink applications. Finally, with Vista, the handwriting experience is improved for the user with a trainable Tablet Input Panel (TIP) that personalizes handwriting recognition.
?The LE1700 provides the enhanced computing experience mobile professionals expect,? said Bill Mitchell, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Mobile Platforms Division. ?Motion's display innovations and ergonomic product design uniquely take advantage of the tablet PC and mobile computing benefits in Windows Vista.?
The LE1700 is the first slate tablet PC on the market to offer Intel?s Core 2 Duo technology for greater than twice the CPU performance when compared to the previous generation Intel? Centrino?. Core 2 Duo increases system responsiveness when running multiple applications and extends mobility with smart battery power management.
Other enhanced features include: ? An SXGA+ LCD screen, a first among slate tablet PCs, that provides unparalleled graphic clarity and enhanced image detail ? Up to 4GB of 667-MHz memory with dual-channel memory support, double the maximum capacity of the LE1600 ? New fingerprint reader technology that enables the biometric fingerprint reader to operate like a mouse ? Available View Anywhere? display option for high-quality display clarity and visibility at nearly all angles in nearly every lighting condition
Ultimate Slate Mobility
With the LE1700, Motion incorporates complete wireless connectivity ? including CDMA/EV-DO mobile broadband technology capabilities, WiFi? and Bluetooth? ? ensuring uncompromised access to the Internet, email and networked applications. Motion?s embedded wireless broadband technology is a built-in CDMA2000 1xEV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) Revision A (Rev. A) mini card. Motion is working with multiple carriers to certify integrated WWAN service and will announce those partnerships separately.
Users can take advantage of any 3G/HSDPA mobile broadband service with a purchased data plan of their choice and the accompanying activation SIM card to plug into the LE1700.
The LE1700?s innovative battery logistics can help mobile professionals achieve up to a full work day of computing time. The Standard Battery provides more than three hours of use, and a slim, optional Extended Battery attaches flat against the back of the LE1700, maintaining even distribution of weight and balance, and extending computing time.
Enhanced Data Security
The LE1700?s advanced security and asset protection capabilities help ensure user, network and enterprise data are safe. The LE1700 is available with Computrace, an optional tracking service from Absolute Software that will recover tablets if they are stolen or missing. Computrace comes with embedded support in the BIOS, a Recovery Guarantee of up to $1000 and subscribers also have the option, at their discretion, to activate a remote Data Delete feature to protect sensitive data on missing or stolen computers.
Motion included its DataGuard hard drive accelerometer on the LE1700 to further protect data stored on the hard drive. When a potentially hazardous shock or drop is detected, DataGuard stops your hard drive by moving the read-and-write head to areas that do not contain data. The protection system turns the hard drive on again once the shock sensor detects a stable environment.
Other system security features include an embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to enable hardware-based encryption and authentication. A built-in fingerprint reader uses biometric data to prevent unauthorized access to system resources and encrypted data. The ability to disable both the 802.11 network connection and Bluetooth with a single on/off switch adds greater control in high-security environments. Finally, the Motion Security Center allows for quick access to the tablet PC?s authentication, password and encryption applications.
?Users are increasingly looking for standards-based security,? said Roger Kay, founder and president of Endpoint Technologies Associates. ?Biometric access control combined with the TPM's highly secure key generation and storage capabilities should give users and IT managers a great degree of comfort that their data is safe and that their mobile computing assets are compliant with the relevant data integrity and preservation laws.?
The Motion LE1700 Core 2 Duo offering is available from Motion?s worldwide network of more than 1,400 value-added resellers or at www.motioncomputing.com starting at $2,199. Motion also is selling a LE1700 base Core Solo? offering starting at $1,999. The LE1700 comes with a standard one-year limited warranty ? extendable to two or three years. In addition, a wide range of complementary peripherals are available, including the Extended Battery, Convertible Keyboard, USB Mobile Keyboard, FlexDock docking station, CD/DVD drive, ergonomic digitizer pens and cases.
The Motion LE1700 Core 2 Duo offering is available from Motion' s worldwide network of more than 1,400 value-added resellers or at www.motioncomputing.com starting at $2,199. Motion also is selling a LE1700 base Core Solo offering starting at $1,999. The LE1700 comes with a standard one-year limited warranty - extendable to two or three years. In addition, a wide range of complementary peripherals are available, including the Extended Battery, Convertible Keyboard, USB Mobile Keyboard, FlexDock docking station, CD/DVD drive, ergonomic digitizer pens and cases."
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview