There’s been a lot of news and discussion recently about tablet PCs and their role in the enterprise, including here on The SmartVan. But, until now, the conversation has centered around tablets that were first and foremost consumer devices, tweaked to work in the world. Not anymore. Meet the Motion CL900 Tablet PC, a rugged, lightweight slate developed by Motion Computing, a company that specializes in tablet PCs for a mobile workforce.

Motion’s yet-to-be-released CL900 runs Windows and is designed to withstand a four-foot drop. The slate’s screen supports multitouch and a built-in stylus, making work orders that much easier to complete onsite. And with eight hours of continuous battery life and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, your techs won’t have to worry about being left high and dry in the field. What’s more? Unlike the iPad, Motion’s tablet contains dual-facing cameras, enabling documentation and recording functionality on the job.

Although you won’t be able to get your hands on the tablet until mid-2011, ZDNet’s Simon Bisson recently reviewed the device and admired its form factor, citing the tablet’s business-first mentality:

“We found ourselves liking the CL900 a lot. It’s light and responsive with a really high quality screen. It’s most definitely built for the enterprise, mixing attractive design with a set of feature that make it one of the toughest PCs around. If you’re looking for a business tablet, Motion’s CL900 will be well worth a look when it ships in the second quarter of 2011. It won’t be the cheapest slate on the market (we’re told it’ll cost less than $1000), but it’s one that will certainly give you value for money.”