Handheld Group, the Swedish manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has launched its Nautiz X1 ultra-rugged smartphone. The company describes the Nautiz X1 as waterproof, dust-proof and shock-resistant, but also lightweight, very slim and smartly designed for both work and play.
‘The Nautiz X1 is the toughest smartphone ever built, suitable for both field professionals and outdoor enthusiasts,’ said Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group. ‘Having manufactured truly rugged mobile computers for many years, ruggedness is in Handheld’s DNA. This is no ordinary smartphone. With the Nautiz X1, we are providing a smartphone that delivers the reliability and sturdiness of an ultra-rugged computer.’
The Nautiz X1's IP67 ingress protection rating means it's completely protected against dust and sand, and can withstand immersion in water. It also meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards for enduring humidity, vibration, drops and extreme temperatures.
Handheld argues that it is probably the lightest, slimmest rugged smartphone on the market, as the Nautiz X1 weighs in at just 180 grams (6.3 ounces) and measures only 125x65x15 mm (4.9"x2.6"x0.6"). It has a 4-inch WVGA sunlight-readable and damage-resistant capacitive touchscreen.
The full-featured Nautiz X1 runs on a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with 2GB of onboard storage. It provides reliable voice and high-speed data transmission over GSM or CDMA networks and connects to 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
It also features Bluetooth, GPS, and a 5-megapixel camera, and comes with the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system. Different battery options will enable a full day’s work under any condition or environment.
Like all of Handheld’s line-up of rugged PDAs, smartphones and mobile computers, the Nautiz X1 is specifically developed for field workers in industries such as geomatics, logistics, forestry, public transportation, utilities, construction, maintenance, mining, military and security.
But, Hellström added: ‘Although our rugged computers are primarily aimed at our traditional business segments, we see an increased demand for truly rugged smartphones among consumers searching for a durable, but still stylish, smartphone. With the Nautiz X1, we can provide a cool, almost indestructible smartphone for both work and play.’
The Nautiz X1 smartphone will be showcased at numerous exhibitions throughout the Autumn and will be available in January 2013. List price starts at €699/$899/£560. Orders can be placed immediately.