In the world of ruggedized tablets for more commercial use in real world applications(not the consumer side of things generally but for companies seeking the use of tough design device that can take a little bit of abuse)there are fewer options than we have available to us in the regular consumer market. VIA Embedded is a company that wants to provide companies and enterprise outlets that are looking for a really rugged and tough tablet an option that can suit their needs. Enter the VIA Viega 10, a rugged tablet that is designed for use in real world applications where it is bound to end up taking a fall or two. It’s powered by an ARM chip and of course it runs Android, although only Android 4.2 and not Kit Kat, but that is probably OK for those who are looking for this type of device as the software version might be the least of their concerns.
The specs are as follows. Inside it’s powered by an dual-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, and a Mali-400 DP GPU runs the graphics side of things. Internal storage is set at 16GB, although that space can be expanded upon thanks to the microSD card slot. The VIA Viega 10 is only working with 1GB of RAM, which should be enough for most things but it would have been nice to see 2GB in this thing. The design on the outside of the tablet is ruggedized, but what about the inside? How are the insides protected from things like say.. the elements? Well, luckily rugged really means rugged. The VIA Viega 10 tablet is certified with an IP65 rating, and the display is protected by tempered glass.
It’s also got your standard wireless connection features like WiFi, NFC, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, as well as 3G as an added option for those that may want the web features to be usable when off WiFi. VIA Embedded claims a long running 9 hour battery life during the day, which seems suitable for a day’s work. VIA Embedded also offers three models of the Viega 10. Two WiFi only models, one that has a 5MP camera on the rear and one that does not, and then the 3G model which also has the 5MP rear camera. All models also support and carry 2 micro USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port for connecting it to large screens or external monitors, and all models also carry a 2MP front facing camera. No prices were listed at their product page that we could find.