Motorola Solutions ET1 Tablet Built for Business

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Motorola's ET1 Tablet features a 7.2-inch touch screen, a dual-core processor and a custom version of Android for business that includes additional security and encryption. It's being piloted at retail organizations.

Motorola is introducing a tablet built for business, targeting vertical markets such as retail, healthcare field service and sales, and logistics through its network of channel partners.

Motorola’s ET1 is billed as an enterprise tablet and is built on the Android operating system with enhancements such as additional security and data encryption. The ET1 joins Motorola Solutions existing lineup of devices built on Windows Mobile and Windows CE.

"Android doesn’t have all the components to do enterprise, so we added to it," Sheldon Safir, global director of product marketing for Motorola Solutions, told Channel Insider.  The device also includes multi-user logon, enabling devices to be provisioned with the access each user needs for their particular jobs.

"We’ve also enabled enterprise functions to limit the access users have so they are not downloading Angry Birds but are focused on getting their work done," he said.

The ET1 is able to withstand a 4 foot drop and is resistant to the intrusion of dust and moisture. It includes a rechargeable battery that will last a full eight-hour shift, but can also be hot swapped, retaining its state for 15 minutes to change batteries before shutting down.

The ET1 works with VOIP and offers video conferencing and push-to-talk.  It includes an integral expansion port and offers snap on accessories that can enable barcode scanning and credit card acceptance.

The first version of the ET1 is a Wi-Fi device with two built in cameras. In addition, apps are under development by partners to enable specific enterprise functions including assisted selling, a product locator, and a managers’ dashboard to show what employees are on the sales floor and enables task assignments

Motorola Solutions is currently piloting the device in a limited number of retail settings. In addition, the company envisions it could be used in healthcare environments as well as in hospitality for functions such as guest check in.

The device is 1.4 lbs. with a 7.2 inch screen and has an integrated hand strap. "We wanted a device that would fit in one hand," said Safir. The screen is capacitive touch. The device itself is 8.8 inches long, 5.1 inches wide and is less than an inch thick. When it is placed face down it goes into suspend mode to save on battery life.

It also includes Bluetooth compatibility so it can be used with scanner or printer. The CPU is dual core 1Ghtz processor. There’s  1GB of RAM and 4GB of Flash. It also supports a microSD card that can hold another 32GB of storage.  

In addition, the bezel  around the screen is customizable, so it can be branded by the retailer.

In volume it will be less than $1k with an $800 street price.


Motorola solutions said the device will be generally shipping at end of year and in major volume in January 2012.


Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com