Trimble announced on Oct. 29 details on its Yuma 2 rugged tablet, which offers a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen and measures 6.3 inches by 9.6 inches. Expected to be available early in the fourth quarter, the tablet weighs less than 3 pounds, and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military requirements for drops, vibration and humidity. The device also boasts an IP65 rating, which means it is protected against dust and water.
The touch-screen gives users the ability to type with fingers, stylus or capacitive gloves and control the size of the keyboard on the display. Other touch-screen features include controlled zoom for reading maps and support for use in portrait or landscape mode. In addition, a 5-megapixel camera provides video and photo capture with geo-tagging, while a GPS receiver provides 6- to 12-foot accuracy. Four configurations are available, and businesses have three color schemes from which to choose.
Updated display technology allows for even clearer readability in direct sunlight, allowing the Yuma 2 to be used by mobile workers in very bright outdoor conditions. The 3.75G dual-mode cellular data capability enables connectivity where GSM or Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) cellular networks are available. Trimble is aiming the product at businesses that need full office capabilities in the field for construction, transportation, public safety, field service, forestry, utilities, mapping, insurance or other outdoor or service-related industries.
The Yuma 2 runs Microsoft’s Windows 7 Professional operating system, and is powered with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor, boasts 4 GB of DDR3 (double data rate, type 3) dynamic RAM (DRAM), a 64 GB solid-state drive (SSD) and a dual battery with eight hours of typical run-time. Users also have the option of selecting a 128GB SSD, 3.75G cellular data connectivity and an extended battery set that provides up to 16 hours of operation. Other features include integrated Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity, a Kensington security slot and status LEDs for power, battery charging, WiFi and 3G data.
"Ruggedness and connectivity in the field are vital for mobile workers—and Trimble has a history of providing innovative computing solutions to the market," Jim Sheldon, Trimble's general manager of mobile computing solutions, said in a statement. "Today, users demand solutions that are even tougher, faster, more reliable and easier to use, so they can be more efficient and productive. With new features and functionality, the Yuma 2 is an ideal solution that provides even more computing power to mobile professionals—more memory, computing speed, drive capacity, connectivity options and better display readability."