Handheld Announces the Nautiz X1 Ruggedized Smartphone in Android and Windows Mobile Flavors

While ruggedized mobile devices are not a new concept, it’s not often that they’re stylish, sleek, and boast decent specs – rather, they tend to be bulky, unwieldy products with near-obsolete internals (Casio G’Zone Commander, anyone?)  Handheld Group has just announced the Nautiz X1, breaking the mold of typical ruggedized smartphones by blending a slim frame (125x65x15mm) with IP67  and MIL-STD-801G standards coupled with mid-range hardware specifications.  This means it’s dustproof, waterproof, shock resistant, and can handle extreme temperatures with the best of them.  The capacitive touchscreen is apparently ruggedized as well, though it’s unclear if it’s Gorilla Glass or a similar product, or something completely different.


The X1 comes with the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android out of the box, or it can run the (antiquated) Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, which is good for legacy site infrastructures that have been built with Windows Mobile in mind.  The built-in storage is only 2gb, but is expandable up to 32Gb with a micro-SD card slot.  The TI OMAP 4430 1Gb dual-core processor with 512mb of RAM will be more than sufficient to handle any field communications needs that may arise, without the fear of dropping it into a puddle or off a truck platform.  Likewise, it should certainly be able to run any of the multiple Brunton-esque apps available on Android.  Of course the typical GPS, compass, and accelerometer chips are included for orientation-based apps.  The X1 is available with GSM (AT&T/Global band) or CDMA (Verizon) radios to suit your carrier of choice (provided your carrier is AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon in the U.S., sorry Sprint.)

More information is available at the Handheld-US website.  They will also be featuring the X1 at their booth 25166 at MinExpo in Las Vegas September 24-26, where we’ll get a hands-on and report back!



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