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Rugged Android tablet boasts all-day battery

Jul 16, 2014 — by Eric Brown 980 views

Via’s “Viega” is an IP65-ruggedized, 10.1-inch tablet that runs Android 4.2 on a Via dual-core SoC, providing 9-hour battery life and optional 3G and GPS.

Via Technologies is getting into the rugged Android tablet market. The Viega tablet runs a fairly modern Android 4.2 build, and is designed for the showroom floor, warehouse, construction site, and other enterprise-level mobile computing environments, says Via.

Via Viega
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The Via Viega runs on on an unnamed system-on-chip made by Via. The dual-core, 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 SoC, which includes a Mali-400 GPU, appears to be Via/WonderMedia’s Prizm WM8980, a dual-core update to the single-core Prizm WM8950. (Via is also prepping a new Isaiah II line of x86 SoCs.)

The Viega’s 1280 x 800-pixel, 10.1-inch screen is protected with tempered glass. The 1.5-pound tablet is further protected against water, per IP65, and offers rounded corners and shock and vibration protection designed to protect against drops of up to two meters, says Via. The tablet supports an extended -10 to 50°C operating range.

Viega port detail
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A polymer battery pack supports up to nine hours of use, says Via. You can charge up via an AC adapter or one of the two micro-USB ports, as well as using the optional, “highly-customizable” docking station. The dock provides rapid charging plus additional connectivity to optional components such as a Magnetic Swipe Reader (MSR).


The Viega ships with 1GB DDR3 RAM, and comes standard with 16GB of eMMC flash, although you can also order it with 8GB or 32GB. A microSD slot is also available.

Wireless features include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and optional GPS and 3G (WCDMA) modules. A 2-megapixel front-facing camera is standard, and you can also opt to add a 5-megapixel camera on the back. The tablet ships with micro-HDMI and audio ports, and integrates a mic and stereo speakers. A variety of sensors, including ambient light and pressure sensors, are also available.

Viega with cables (left) and in optional docking station
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The Viega ships with Via’s Smart ETK firmware, which includes a watchdog timer and a system management API for access control and remote monitoring over a secure connection. Via also notes the availability of hardware-assisted data encryption/decryption. Optional framework, kernel, and device management customization services are also said to be available.

Summary of Via Viega specs

Specifications listed by Via for the Viega tablet include:

  • Processor — Via 1.2GHz, dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC with NEON and Mali-400 DP GPU
  • Memory:
    • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
    • 16GB eMMC flash (also available with 8GB or 32GB)
    • MicroSD slot
  • Display — 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 LED backlit LCD touchscreen with tempered glass
  • Cameras — 2-megapixel front camera; optional 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus
  • Wireless:
    • Micro-SIM card slot with optional 3G WCDMA up to 2100MHz
    • 802.11b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • NFC Type 1/2/3/4
    • GPS (optional)
  • Sensors — G-Sensor; E-Compass; ambient light; pressure
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x micro-USB ports (1x for DC12V-in/COM function)
    • Micro-HDMI out port
    • Earphone jack
    • Pogo pin connector for docking station
  • Other features:
    • 1.5W stereo speakers
    • Microphone
    • Magnetic Swipe Reader (MSR) and handset (optional)
    • Hardware-assisted data encryption/decryption
    • Via Smart ETK system management
    • Docking station (optional)
    • 3-year longevity support
  • Power — Long-life polymer battery pack (DC 7.4V) for up to 9 hours; AC adapter (12V DC-in) or docking station charge
  • Operating temperature — -10 to 50°C
  • Ruggedization – IP65 water resistance; corner guards for anti-vibration and shock protection for drops up to 2 M
  • Weight — 690 g (1.5lbs)
  • Dimensions — 265 x 172 x 12mm (10.4 x 6.8 x 0.5 in.)
  • Operating system — Android 4.2 with customization services available

Further information

Samples of the Via Viega are now available for testing says Via Technologies, which did not release pricing or general availability information. More details may be found at the Via Viega product page.

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