Schenker as a brand name might not be too familiar outside of its native Germany, but as a subsidiary company of the larger parent company Deusche Bahn – the self proclaimed 2nd biggest transport company in the world – Schenker clearly know a thing or two about producing top grade hardware. We caught up with the latest Schenker tablet and companion keyboard/dock at the reseller area of CeBIT earlier today. Nicole Scott gets hands on with a pretty solid looking Schenker Element, a prototype 10 inch Tablet running Microsoft Windows 8.1 on Intel’s Bay Trail platform:
Schenker Element: Specifications
• 10″ Touch Screen Display (1200 x 800)
• 64-bit Intel Atom (Bay Trail) quad-core SoC
• 8MP Front Facing Camera
• Mini HDMI Out
• Mini USB Port
• microSD Card Reader
• QWERTY Chiclet Keyboard
• 600 grams (tablet only)
We are fairly certain that the Schenker Element is both a prototype and a proof of concept device from a company more known for its industrial solutions than its consumer device prowess. But it is also not surprising to see a company like Schenker develop mew tablet devices as replacements for the more traditional combo of laptop and PDA that its workforce has been using for the last few decades. The simple lightweight tablet, especially when backed by a good quality keyboard dock, is gradually replacing the old guard for today’s industrial professionals, mostly thanks to improved portability and battery-life backed by lower overall costs.
The Schenker Element will retail for 350 Euros. I sure hope we see it available outside of an industrial solutions catalog.