InHand Hydra-T3: Rugged tablet with outdoor visible screen

The Hydra-T3 from InHand is a rugged 7 inch tablet with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, support for Google Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.10, and Windows Embedded Compact 6. It also has a Pixel Qi LCD display which can be viewed in direct sunlight.

Before you pull out your wallet, you should know that the Hydra-T3 is aimed at military, medical, or industrial use — and it’s probably not going to be very cheap if you only want to place an order for one tablet.

In fact, there’s no price listed on the company website, just a form to fill out to request a quote. If you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it… unless your an enterprise customers looking to order a few dozen tablets for pilots, road crews, technicians, etc…

InHand Hydra-T3

That said, it’s nice to see Pixel Qi displays showing up in actual products… even if they’re not consumer products.

Pixel Qi has been showing off its sunlight viewable displays for the past few years. When used with a backlight, a Pixel Qi screen looks a lot like any other color LCD. But when you turn off the backlight, the screen uses about 80 percent less power and can be viewed using nothing but ambient light. The only catch is that it looks like a black and white display at that point.

The Hydra-T3 uses a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel Pixel Qi screen with a resistive touch panel on top. It’s available with 256MB to 1GB of RAM, and between 512MB and 16GB of flash storage.

The tablet includes a 5MP camera, ambient light sensor, USB 2.0 ports,  802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and GPS. It gets up to 12 hours of battery life and measures 8.4″ x 5.9″ x 1″.

While that makes the Hydra-T3 a lot thicker than most Android tablets, this one features a rugged case design and can handle temperatures between – 40 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit, and can be submerged in water up to a meter (about 3 feet) deep for up to a half hour.

via Pixel Qi Blog