InHand has a solution called the Hydra-T3 for those on the lookout for a rugged tablet PC. This slate is designed for heavy-duty use from those in the military, industrial, and medical fields, which would mean that its tag price would not be appropriate for everyday use should the specifications appeal to regular users. That said, its official website doesn’t specify a price. Rather, interested consumers need to fill out a form to ask for a quote.
Under the hood, it runs on a Texas Instruments DaVinci 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU and carries support for three operating systems: Google Android 2.3, Windows Embedded Compact 6, and Ubuntu 10.10. For storage, it is equipped with 512 to 16 GB of NAND Flash, while for RAM, it has 256 MB to 1 GB.
It sports a 7-inch WSVGA analog resistive touchscreen display with Pixel Qi technology and support for multi-touch gestures. This display carries various features. For one, it has an ambient light sensor that instantly controls the necessary brightness level for comfortable viewing.
Pixel Qi technology likewise turns of the backlighting and makes content on the screen readable in sunlight. This saves on the energy consumption of the device for around 80 percent. Chemically-strengthened, this screen can withstand harsh conditions. This screen furthermore supports H.264 720p High Definition video playback at 30 fps.
Expansion is provided by 2 USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 Client port, a docking connector, and , I2C/SMBus. It also has various wireless peripherals, including 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and wireless USB. A camera with a 5 MP sensor allows for barcode scanning as well as capturing photos.
Because of its rugged features, this device is a bit thicker than many tablet PCs. It has dimensions of 8.4″ x 5.9″ x 1″. It offers protection for extreme temperatures, as well, withstanding as low as -40 degrees up to as high as 185 degrees Farenheit. The slate will also function even after immersed in water for up to three feet for around 30 minutes.