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Electrovaya keys into new Tablet PC and reseller opportunities

The Scribbler SC2000 series will be the Toronto-based company’s first Tablet PC that can quickly transform into a notebook computer by snapping on a detachable keyboard.

The first line of Scribblers were a rugged slate design, targeted for vertical and small niche markets looking to leverage the benefits of digital ink, and the company’s bread and butter of long lasting portable power of 10 to 16 hours, using its core battery technology.

“This year saw the foundations being laid for the Tablet PC. It was an okay year for us, it was not a great year,” said Sankar Das Gupta, CEO of Electrovaya. “We are expecting a great year ahead because we are now going after the laptop market with much higher functionality and level of mobility.”

He added that resellers selling the pure slate tablets were also limited in their deals, selling only a handful of units to niche customers.

“Now we are looking at hundreds of unit deals and even larger deals for resellers because it’s a replacement for a laptop,” Das Gupta said.

Julia Harrison, marketing coordinator at Electrovaya said its slates will not becoming obsolete, and the company doesn’t have any plans to take them out of the market.

“We have carved out our own niche with the extended battery life, so those Tablets are not going anywhere,” Harrison stressed.

Now the company will be targeting small businesses all the way up to those corridor warriors in the enterprise, which other vendors have focused on over the past year with their Tablets. The rugged design of the slate Tablets has found their way into manufacturing, warehouses and r fieldwork.

The SC2000 line will also give the channel the opportunity to go back to key reseller verticals that purchased the slates, which will continue to be healthcare, education and sales automation.

What will really set its new Tablet apart from other convertible devices will be the combination of its 70Wh Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery and Intel’s Centrino processor. Along with built in Wi-Fi. it will provide a wireless enabled device with a runtime of 5 to 9 hours. It will also be Electrovaya’s lightest Tablet PC weighing 3.1 pounds in a 0.75-inch frame.

The company has incorporated its biometrics fingerprint recognition feature that first popped up in its Scribbler SC-800 and was a successful sell for resellers dealing to the healthcare segment where protecting patient data is critical.

According to Harrison, Ingram Micro should be fully stocked and ready to sell the latest Scribbler by the end of the month, while at the retail level, CompuSmart will also carry the product. The Scribbler SC2000 series will consist of two models that will sell for $2,999 and $3,399.

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