This Windows tablet has no battery, but businesses will still buy it

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In recent years, we've come across two devices from niche tablet manufacturer Gole. The first was a diminutive tablet called the Gole Gole1 (opens in new tab) and the second the Gole1 Plus (opens in new tab)- both of which run on Windows 10 and target niche markets.

The firm has now teamed up with tech publication ARMdevices.net to launch an Indiegogo (opens in new tab) campaign for a new product: the Gole11. In a nutshell, it's a tablet without a battery - a pint-sized all-in-one personal computer.

One might argue the audience for this sort of device is very limited, but we're inclined to disagree. The hospitality industry, for example, could use it as the perfect platform for a point-of-sales (POS) system (opens in new tab).

The device ships with four serial/RS232 ports - great for connecting peripherals such as barcode scanners (opens in new tab), mobile tills and printers.

The Gole11 is powered by Windows 10 Pro (opens in new tab) (rather than Home), but the rest of the hardware is resolutely entry level. It features an Intel Celeron N3450, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 11.6-inch full HD touchscreen display, small speaker, card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a GbE LAN port, four USB ports and an HDMI connector.

The Gole11's early-bird price currently sits at $119 (roughly £95/AUD$185) but will rise to $169 and then $199, before reverting to its normal price tag of $249 at the end of May.

Since this is an Indiegogo crowdfunding project, there are a few strings attached. The current campaign has 26 days left and has only managed to gather a fraction of its fixed goal of $100,000. If the goal is not reached, a full refund will be issued to anyone that makes a purchase.

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.