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Seven-inch Windows tablet gets Verizon’s blessing

Algiz 8 - Seven-inch Windows tablet gets Verizon's blessing

Handheld US announced that its rugged, seven-inch Windows 7 tablet is now certified for use on the Verizon network. The “Algiz 7” resists shock, dust, and water, has a sunlight-readable touchscreen, includes a GPS receiver, and uses a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, the company says.

Handheld’s Algiz 7 is a follow-on to the slightly larger Algiz 8 (released the year before with an 8.4-inch screen and a 1.1GHz Atom Z510). The Algiz 7 runs Windows 7 Professional on a 1.6GHz Intel Z530, backed up by 2GB of DDR2 RAM and a 64GB SSD (solid state disk), the company says.

The Algiz 7 has a PCI Express slot that hosts a Qualcomm GOBI (global mobile internet technology) cellular modem, said to be capable of working with networks worldwide including HSDPA/UMTS (800/850/900/1900/2100MHz), quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), and dual-band EV-DO/CDMA (800/1900MHz). Now, the unit has been certified by Verizon Wireless for operation on its network, says Handheld US.

Dale Kyle, president of Handheld US, stated, “Many of our U.S. customers have asked for Verizon Wireless compatibility. The flexibility of the Algiz 7 gives our customers the opportunity to use the mobile network that serves them best. Adding Verizon Wireless, Americas largest and most reliable wireless network to the Algiz 7 will be a tremendous benefit.”

The Algiz 7 includes a seven-inch, “sunlight readable” touchscreen display with 1024 x 600 resolution. Like its larger siblings — there is also an Algiz 10 — the device is said to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for withstanding dust, water, vibration, drops, and extreme temperatures. According to Handheld, the tablet is operable up to 15,000 feet, withstands multiple four-foot drops, and may be operated from -9 to 140 deg. F (-23 to 60 deg. C).

The tablet includes a two megapixel camera, a waterproof RS232 port, two USB 2.0 ports (one of these also waterproof), an Ethernet port, and audio I/O, Handheld says. Wireless networking (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0 are included too, the company adds.

Handheld says the Algiz 7 has ten keys, including a power key, a five-way navigator, and three programmable hotkeys that offer up to six functions. A menu key controls screen brightness, audio volume, wireless on/off, and other system parameters, the company adds.

Battery life for the 2.42-pound Algiz is said to be at least six hours, via two 2400mAh packs, each of which is said to be hot-swappable.

Specifications listed by Handheld US for the Algiz 7 include the following:

  • Processor — Intel Atom Z520 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Chipset — SCH US15W
  • Memory — 2GB of DDR2 RAM, expandable to 2GB
  • Display — 7-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution
  • Camera — 2 megapixel
  • Storage — 64GB SSD
  • Expansion:
    • 1 x Mini PCI Express slot for cellular modem
    • Docking connector
  • Networking:
    • WLAN — 802.11b/g
    • LAN — Ethernet
    • PAN — Bluetooth 2.0
    • WAN — Qualcomm GOBI supports HSDPA/UMTS (800/850/900/1900/2100MHz), quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), and dual-band EV-DO/CDMA (800/1900MHz)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x USB 2.0 (one waterproof)
    • Audio — headphone out
    • 1 x serial (RS232; waterproof)
  • Battery type/life:
    • Dual 2400mAh batteries provide a minimum of six hours operation
  • Dimensions — 9 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches (230 x 140 x 40mm)
  • Weight — 2.42 pounds (1.1kg)

Seven-inch Windows tablet gets Verizon’s blessing on May 15, 2016 rated 4.5 of 5

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