The Android tablet market isn’t actually an ideal marketplace for immediate profit, what with all the major players putting out ginormous numbers of different kinds of tablet devices. VIA, a technology company known for making chips for computer motherboards, isn’t the first place you’d look for a top-of-the-line tablet – but what they have is the VIA Viega, a tablet designed specifically for tough and rugged work environments.
The Viega is purposefully designed to meet IP65 certification – able to withstand abuse from dust and water, even rain. The tablet is designed to be protected from falls and drops from as high as 6 feet. The glass they used on the tablet is tempered glass, and as such is resistant to shattering. Impressed yet? You should be, because VIA actually thought of ways to make this tablet darned near indestructible.
VIA says that the Viega was made thinking of near-extreme work environments like construction areas, warehouses, factories, and the like. It isn’t actually aimed at regular consumers, although you are free to purchase one if you would like to own an invulnerable tablet. As of the moment, VIA says that there are samples already available for testing.
Oh, the rest of the specs? Yeah, we almost forgot – and that’s because in this time and season, the Viega’s internal specs are exactly as “ho-hum” as you could imagine. The tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor with Mali-400 graphics pushing pixels for a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display. It has 1GB of RAM (probably just about good enough), 16GB of storage, all running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet has some leeway in the area of expansion ports – it has 2 micro USB ports and a micro HDMI port. The standard Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity features are also there, and you can add cameras and 3G connectivity as options.