As you might appreciate, I spend quite a chunk of my free time pacing the aisles of my local consumer electronics store. On my latest visit I was pleasantly surprised to see a sales assistant carrying a tablet computer around to advise customers on current stock levels, access detailed product information or to match the best online prices - but folks still had to head for the checkouts to pay. DLI's 9000 Rugged Mobile Tablet has been designed with the retail and hospitality sectors in mind and is available with a 5-in-1 mobile payment module that attaches to the back of the device to offer customers secure payment options at the point of sale.

The tablet's impact-resistant outer housing is also protected against water, dust and shock/vibration and encases an industrial-rated 9.7-inch, 1024 X 768 pixel resolution indoor/outdoor (800:1 contrast) capacitive touchscreen LCD display. Underneath the screen sit four programmable keys, there are left and right camera/barcode scanner keys to the sides and a 1.3 megapixel camera to the top. The tablet also has a 2 megapixel snapper with LED flash to the rear.

DLI offers a choice of operating systems including Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate, Windows Embedded 7, Windows Embedded POS Ready 7, Android 4.0 (ICS) and the same point-of-sale applications found on fixed terminals can be used on the 9000 tablet. Under the hood beats an Intel Atom Z670 processor heart running at 1.5 GHz on an integrated Trusted Platform Module secure chipset, with support from 2 GB of DDR2 system memory and 64 GB of solid state storage.

Physical connectivity takes the shape of USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, and there's built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2 functionality and a ublox 6 chipset GPS with internal Active Patch antenna. Gobi 3000 GPRS/CDMA cellular technology is also available.

The 4200mAh Li-ion battery is said to be good for six hours of continuous use at brightness level seven, there are two adjustable straps on the rear of the unit for ease of use and both a desktop cradle and vehicle cradle are available, too.

The 5-in-1 mobile payment module option includes a magstripe reader with integrated 3-track encrypted sensor, PCI compliant debit pin pad, included ISO 14443 RFID reader with SAM Support for contactless payment and near-field communication applications, ISO/IEC 7816 EMV smartcard reader, and a CMOS 1D/2D Imager barcode scanner.

The 8.11 x 10.35 x 0.6-inch (206 x 263 x 15.4 mm) DLI 9000 Rugged Mobile Tablet weighs 1.98 pounds (900g) including the battery and 5-in-1 module, and has been scheduled for end of Q2 availability for approximately US$1,500. The tablet will also be available without the 5-in-1 module for $1,000.

Source: DLI