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VIDEO Interview: Zebra Technologies talks its new ET80/ET85 (ET8x series) 12-inch 2-in-1 tablets and Field Vision Mobility Study


GUEST INTERVIEW: The ET8x series of Zebra Technologies 2-in-1 tablets has arrived, with Wi-Fi 6E, 11th-gen Intel processors, superb rugged designs with detachable keyboard, and with the ET85 model, the addition of 5G via SIM or eSIM. Join Zebra Technologies A/NZ Sales Manager Brett Newstead, and Sales Engineering Manager Daniel Park on iTWireTV to explain all and showcase the impressive ET8x range.

Zebra Technologies. The company started in 1969, an incredible 52 years ago, and today, empowers the front line in retail/ecommerce, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, public sector, and other industries.

The company is an innovator at the front line of business with a range of devices and technologies, with the latest ET8x series billed as “a new series of Windows 12-inch rugged tablets and 2-in-1s designed to improve productivity and safety across multiple industries.”

Both models are the first to support Wi-Fi 6E, with the ET85 the first to support 5G, which, as the company claims, provide “advanced wireless connectivity to help ensure mobile workers remain connected in any environment.”

They also offer 11th-gen Intel processors, in an era where some competitors still have models on the market with 10th-gen processors and can be augmented with a separately purchasable detached rugged keyboard featuring a friction hinge so front-line workers can experience a complete laptop-like experience on the go, in their vehicles or at their desks.

iTWireTV spoke with Zebra Technologies A/NZ Sales Manager Brett Newstead, and Sales Engineering Manager Daniel Park about the new models, as well as Zebra’s Field Vision Mobility Study which you can freely register for to read here.

Here’s the video interview and demo, after which the article continues, please read on!

As Zebra notes, the new ET8x series is “ideal for public safety, government, field service and manufacturing industries. For public safety and state and local government agencies, Zebra’s tablets and 2-in-1s enable routing and dispatch communications, patient care reporting, e-citation and personnel tracking.”

For field service including utility workers, in addition to routing and dispatch communications, Zebra notes the devices “can be used for mobile work order management, safety inspection and compliance, and remote assistance. On the manufacturing plant floor, they help improve quality assurance and forklift operations, as well as maintenance and repair workflows.”

David Krebs, Executive Vice President, VDC Research said: “Balancing the need for a more flexible and portable mobile solution without sacrificing high end performance and large display requirements has opened the door for 2-in-1 detachable rugged tablets, such as Zebra Technologies’ ET80 and ET85.”

“This emerging form factor has enabled mission-critical mobile workforces in sectors as diverse as public safety and government to maintain support for traditional rugged clamshell PC use cases while enabling more mobile and distributed workflows.”

Zebra adds its new series of tablets and 2-in-1s “can function as a standalone tablet or a true laptop replacement and provide support in even the most rugged environments. At less than 2.8 pounds (1.3kg) and with an optional detachable rugged keyboard, the new ET8x series offers a flexible work option that can transform into a desktop in the office or a mobile workstation in a police car, truck, or forklift. The ET80 and ET85 also offer a longer battery life than previous models, reducing time spent recharging or switching to back up devices, further improving productivity and reducing downtime.”

Julie Johnson, Vice President, Enterprise Mobile Computing, Zebra Technologies said: “We’re proud to offer the new ET80 and ET85 tablets and 2-in-1s, which provide Wi-Fi 6 advanced connectivity and also represent Zebra’s entrance into the 5G space.”

“The innovative ET8x series provide businesses across multiple industries with the devices they need to improve productivity, speed and reliability across all areas of their operations.”

A partial list of features includes the aforementioned 12-inch screen, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, an optional integrated barcode scanner, and support for Windows Hello via a front-facing camera for facial recognition, as well as optional fingerprint reader for multi-factor authentication.

Zebra also notes the ET80 and ET85 are “the first Zebra Windows 10 tablets equipped with select Zebra Mobility DNA software tools to optimise workflows and improve communications and usability for mobile workers. These tools include PowerPrecision Plus, which provides visibility into device battery health and optional Workforce Connect Push to Talk features, which streamlines communications in one connected platform.”

Finally, Zebra OneCare Maintenance Plans are available for the ET8x series to help users maximize device uptime and business performance, ensuring they get the most out of their investment. With Zebra OneCare plans, front-line workers can perform at peak levels while also reducing device vulnerabilities, unbudgeted repair expenses, and unexpected disruptions.

Here are some of Zebra's ET80/ET85 product videos, and three videos on Zebra's investment into Windows:

Zebra ET80/ET85 Rugged 2-in-1 Tablet Overview

Zebra ET80/ET85 Rugged 2-in-1 Tablet Short Field Service Video

Zebra ET80/ET85 Rugged 2-in-1 Tablet Short Public Safety Video

Zebra ET80/ET85 Rugged 2-in-1 Tablet Short Manufacturing Video

Is Windows OS Dead? | Zebra

Why is Zebra Investing in Windows? | Zebra

How are Windows Rugged Tablets Built for the Field? | Zebra

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