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May 13, 2008

OtterBox's Introduces New OtterBox 1990

By Arun Satapathy, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Otter Products has introduced the OtterBox 1990 to protect the Samsung (News - Alert) Q1 Ultra and Q1 Ultra Premium UMPCs, from Samsung Electronics America. It safeguards from drops, bumps and scratches while allowing complete interaction with all navigation keys, I/O ports, camera and webcam right through the case.

The OtterBox 1990 maintains the small form factor of the UMPC while providing three durable layers of protection. The first layer safeguards screen and keys from scratches, dirt and dust. In the second layer, a hi-impact polycarbonate shell snaps together over the device. In addition, a silicone skin wraps over the case as the third protective layer, to provide additional protection from bump and shock.
"Mobility without compromising device ruggedness is everything and the OtterBox 1990 allows Q1 Ultra and Q1 Ultra Premium users even more convenience on the go," said Curt Richardson CEO of Otter Products. "The case provides protection from drops and scratches and offers a sense of security so people can truly work anywhere like on the airplane, in a cab, while waiting in line or rushing to a big presentation."
"Additionally, the OtterBox 1990 is ideal for those vertical market applications that require additional protection. These applications include healthcare, repair and maintenance workers, hospitality, inventory management, sales automation, education, construction, field research, real estate, insurance adjusters and others,” added Richardson.
"Samsung Electronics is very excited about the release of the OtterBox 1990. OtterBox is the industry's leading developer of rugged and semi-rugged cases for the mobile PC industry, and Samsung strongly believes that this new solution will generate incremental business for both companies, especially as the new UMPC product category continues to expand. Samsung welcomes our new partnership with OtterBox," said Bret Berg Senior product marketing manager, Samsung Electronics America.
The OtterBox 1990 case offers an interchangeable hand strap on the back, which the user can switch to the right or left side depending on his/her convenience. Additional carrying options consist of the Samsung wrist lanyard or an optional shoulder strap kit by OtterBox.
The case is available in either black silicone on a black polycarbonate shell, or black silicone on a yellow polycarbonate shell. While the black cases are suitable for military, emergency services, government or general users, the yellow cases are ideal for construction, field force automation and industrial customers.
The case accommodates standard (4 cell) and extended (6 cell) batteries. It has also a tethered stylus with external stylus storage and a flip stand for multimedia use.
Otter Products was founded in 1996 and is involved in the design and production of rugged and now semi-rugged cases to safeguard technology and other valuables.
Samsung's Information Technology Division (ITD) markets LCD Monitor products, including professional large format LCD and Plasma displays. ITD also markets color and monochrome laser printers and multifunction devices, video security systems and the family of Samsung Q1 Ultra-Mobile Personal Computers (UMPC).
Based in Irvine, California, ITD is a division of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company (SEC (News - Alert)). The SEA organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico.
Arun Satapathy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Arun’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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