So the Winmate e430M2 brings changes! In this fast changing world, we get less and less time to announce new products, let alone get to grips with them! Especially with Android based devices which can get updates 3 or 4 times per year. It’s going to be a fact of life that change is something we won’t get 6 months notice of any more and it will happen more and more across all of our suppliers.
That said Winmate has now released their latest update to its e430 rugged Android PDA range with the Winmate e430M2 which is essentially an Android 4.1 update and to go along with that a required CPU, RAM and ROM upgrade which v4.1 of Android demands.
Price-wise the M2 is about a £50 hike in price form the old M, depending on the exact spec chosen.
So where does that leave the Winmate e430 Rugged PDA series, we’ll explain it to you right here!
The old range
Until now we had the Winmate e430M and e430T base platforms and it went like this:
e430M = standard rugged Android device.
e430T = Windows Mobile or Windows CE version
However you could run Android v2.3 on the e430T so those looking for a bit more power form the better CPU and board could opt for the e430T.
The Winmate e430 range today
The e430M = Remains as the standard v2.3 rugged Android PDA and offers the entry level device.
The e430M2 = A better specced and later version 4.1 rugged Android device.
The e430T Remains as the Windows mobile/CE version of the e430 range.
Whilst you can still install Android onto the e430T, there’s no point as the M2 is more powerful and actually less expensive.
Will the e430M2 replace the e430M?
Well Winmate’s official line is they are still selling both models, however they’ve removed the Winmate e430M from their own website already so draw your own conclusion from that. We’ve been told directly that both are still selling and we’re currently checking the SDK and portability of the new old to the new device and more on that later.
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