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A Rugged Smartphone to Rule Them All: Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro Hands-On

Posted December 11, 2023
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Our focus today is on an unconventional smartphone for the enterprise, namely the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro.

The latest rugged model from Samsung is identified as an Enterprise Edition, signifying its appropriateness for corporate usage, especially by employees working in warehouse or industrial environments. The XCover 6 Pro also caters to individuals seeking a robust phone for sports activities or challenging situations.

The base product box includes a USB-C to USB-C cable, while the XCover 6 Pro itself is presented encased in plastic, showcasing its impressive display, light form factor, and thin, yet rugged design.

The XCover 6 Pro possesses a unique design with a singular black color option, complemented by glossy red rings encircling the camera lens and red accents on the top and X Cover key.

Despite common stereotypes about rugged phones lacking aesthetic appeal, the XCover 6 Pro challenges these preconceptions with its harmonious black and red color scheme.

Another characteristic that stands out immediately is the XCover 6 Pro’s distinct tactile surface, reminiscent of rubber which feels softer than a typical consumer smartphone body. This characteristic imparts a sense of additional protection, akin to the phone already being encased in a protective covering.

The detachable battery is also a a clear giveaway that you are looking at a rugged smartphone meant for commercial use.

The exterior of the phone boasts a LED indicator on the top, a volume rocker with a power button on one side, an XCover key on the other side, and a USB-C port with a pogo pin at the bottom, allowing for charging via a docking station. Rounding out the exterior is the power button with an integrated fingerprint sensor for an additional layer of security.

Upon opening the phone to insert the battery, access is granted to the SIM and SD card slots, with a rubber lining on the back cover designed to prevent water intrusion.

The display is slightly smaller than the phone’s overall size, featuring a vibrant LCD screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Regarding protective gloves, the touchscreen display is more responsive than anticipated.

After several days of usage, the XCover 6 Pro has the expected weight of a handheld mobile computer, but ultimately feels lighter than expected. Its secure grip and touchscreen round out a thoughtfully designed device for workers on overtime shifts who are scanning and communicating constantly.

To see the rugged smartphone in action and see a full list of detailed technical specifications, have a look at our previous XCover 6 Pro coverage.

Get Your Hands on Your Own XCover6 Pro

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The Connected Associate (Webinar)

Posted October 2, 2023

About this Webinar:

The Connected Associate: Accessing the Wealth of Data and Work Effectively Any Place, Any Time

Thursday, October 12th, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Central

Presented By:

Rocky Rickard – Director of Business Development

Scot Sinnen – Strategic Channel Accounts, Samsung

What to Expect from the Samsung Connected Associate Webinar

From retail workers in stores to logistic drivers on the road and healthcare professionals in hospitals to technicians in the field, associates struggle to access the wealth of available information and communicate effectively with each other. Frontline workers far too often still rely on outdated technology and, therefore, outdated data.

During this webinar, Samsung will share how to empower your team by democratizing data, increasing their productivity and job satisfaction. The speakers will also cover how to provide busy field workers who are constantly on the move with familiar walkie-talkie experience while using a smartphone.

Key Takeaways:

  • What to do to keep teams agile in various verticals, including transportation, warehousing, retail and healthcare
  • Why rugged devices designed to withstand rough environments don’t need to be more expensive, less powerful and bulkier than consumer smartphones
  • How the Galaxy XCover6 Pro push-to-talk technology allows workers to initiate two-way or group conversations with a single press, even when wearing gloves

Watch the full recording below. If you have any questions about what a push to talk solution might look like in your organization, do not hesitate to contact us.

Enterprise Mobility is Easier with Panasonic’s Toughbook N1

Posted September 14, 2023

The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK® N1 mobile computer is the ideal handheld companion for your everyday work adventures. This stylish, tough powerhouse is an uncompromising, all-in-one mobility solution. The Panasonic FZ-N1 has your back whether you’re braving the elements or navigating difficult environments.

Panasonic FZ-N1: Uncompromising Mobility

First and foremost, let’s discuss the FZ-N1’s power. This rugged handheld has an octa-core processor that keeps you on top of your tasks without fail.

Do you need to scan barcodes while on the go? Panasonic included a handy, rear-facing barcode reader.

The rain and glove mode touch-screen keeps you in command, rain or shine.

Not to be forgotten, the Toughbook battery is not only long-lasting, but also hot-swappable for long shifts of uninterrupted barcode scanning.

Android Enterprise Recommended

The TOUGHBOOK N1 is powered by the Android operating system, allowing you to work in an open environment. The Google Play store as well as Panasonic’s trusted partners provides teams with access to a treasure trove of enterprise-grade applications.

Flexible Connectivity & Communication

Do you need to stay connected while on the go? It’s all about adaptability. Optional WWAN capabilities on the TOUGHBOOK N1 include Multi-carrier 4G LTE, FirstNet ReadyTM with Band 14, cellular voice, and dual SIM card support.

Speaking of communication, this rugged beauty is AT&T-certified to support Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) and can connect with other EPTT handsets and LMR devices.

Living Up to the Namesake

The best part? The Toughbook N1 is made to last. A drop of seven feet? No problem, the handheld is up to the task. So, whether you’re heading to a construction site or a field mission, this device is your dependable companion through thick and thin.

In a nutshell, the Panasonic FZ-N1 is the perfect work companion. It’s ready to face challenges head on, and is an excellent mobile computer from Panasonic. See it in action here:

Full Specifications of the Toughbook N1

  • 4.7″ Fully Rugged Handheld with Android™ 11 (R) - Qualcomm® SDM660-2 64bit 2.2GHzx4+1.8GHzx4 Octa-Core with 4GB/64GB RAM/Flash
  • Wi-Fi, optional 4G LTE WWAN with GPS – Dual Nano SIM, Bluetooth® with Low Energy, NFC, 1280×720 550 NIT screen 10-point touch.
  • MIL-STD-810G, 7′ drop, IP66 and IP68 dust and water-resistant, NIAP and FIPS 140-2 security certification, Android Enterprise Recommended
  • 12-hours (19-hour long life battery) depending on user profile; 8-hour rated (or 16-hours with the long-life battery) in continuous data use. User-replaceable battery that is warm-swap capable
  • Standard: USB 2.0 (with option for Host or Client mode), front and rear facing cameras, rear-facing angled barcode reader with a scan engine

For a detailed list of key features, download the FZ-N1 spec sheet.

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The Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro Streamlines Your Workflow

Posted August 31, 2023
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Need a device that can survive even the most extreme conditions? With the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro, you’ll be ready for anything.

Built like a beast, without sacrificing beauty. Provide your team the ability to perform multiple tasks any place, any time, with a single device.

Galaxy XCover6 Pro: Built Tough for Commercial Environments

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro’s tough design shields a powerhouse smartphone with high-speed 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. TheXCover6 Pro has an IP68-rated design that resists dust and water1.

The rugged smartphone from Samsung also passed MIL-STD-810H testing2, including a 1.5m (4.9 ft.) drop test. That’s the testing standard designed by the US Military to determine device limitations.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

More can be seen and accomplished on the 6.6-inch screen of the Galaxy XCover6 Pro. You’ll notice a considerable improvement in the clarity and sharpness thanks to the 120Hz fast refresh rate and FHD+ resolution.

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro also tracks your finger motions even when wet or wearing gloves.

For day to day performance, you can program Active Keys to automate recurrent chores at the touch of a single button, access commonly used apps quickly, and even communicate with colleagues in the warehouse with push-to-talk or walkie-talkie functions.

Unmatched Processing Power in a Familiar Package

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro combines octa-core processing capability with 6GB of RAM for quick and efficient performance. Enjoy 128GB of internal storage and expandable storage up to 1TB3.

The Galaxy XCover6 Pro will keep you ahead of the game. The XCover6 Pro supports 5G as well as Wi-Fi 6E4 for high speed connectivity everywhere, at any time. With Knox Capture5, your XCover6 Pro can readily become an enterprise-grade barcode scanner.

Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro Knox Capture Scanning

Simply scan as you would take a picture and the captured barcode data are automatically integrated into your business apps.

Galaxy XCover6 Pro’s removable 4,050mAh (typical)6 battery ensures downtime is kept to a minimum. To get back up and running quickly, either utilize the 15W Fast Charging charger or swap in a fully charged spare battery. The pogo pin also allows you to charge your device quickly and easily.

See the XCover6 Pro in Action

Full Specifications of the XCover6 Pro from Samsung

Dimensions: 168.8mm x 79.9mm x 9.9mm 

Weight: 240g

Processor/CPU: Snapdragon 778G,  Octa Core (4×2.4 GHz, 4×1.8 GHz)

Display: Touchscreen, 1080 x 2408p resolution, 6.6″ FHD+ TFT LCD Infinity-V (6.4″ with corners)

Camera: 13MP in front, 50MP in rear, HDR, Dual-LED flash, panorama, and HD video recording 1080p@30fps

Storage: 128GB, Supports MicroSD (Up to 1TB3)

Connectivity:  5G8, Wi-Fi 6E4, USB-C 3.2, Bluetooth® 5.2, Earjack 3.5mm, NFC

OS: Android 12, with 4 OS updates7

Sensor Type: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery: Removable, 18 hours of continuous usage on Wi-Fi, 4,050 mAh capacity6


Video Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

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1 Water resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry after wet.

2 These devices passed military specification (MIL- STD-810H) testing against a subset of 21 specific environmental conditions, including temperature, dust, shock/vibration, and low pressure/high altitude. Real world usage varies from the specific environmental conditions used in MIL-STD-810H testing. Samsung does not guarantee device performance in all extreme conditions.

3 MicroSD card sold separately.

4 Wi-Fi 6E availability may vary due to OS version, location, network conditions, and other factors. Requires a Wi-Fi 6E router, sold separately.

5 Knox Suite and Knox Capture sold separately

6 Based on average battery life under typical usage conditions. Average expected performance based on typical use. Actual battery life depends on factors such as network, features selected, frequency of calls, and voice, data, and other application-usage patterns. Results may vary.

7 Availability and timing of Android OS upgrades and features may vary by market. Years of hardware availability and years of security updates are calculated from date of global product introduction.

8 5G network connection available in select markets. Download and streaming speeds may vary based on market, carrier, content provider, server connection and user environment. Check with your carrier for availability and details.

Tough as Nails Handheld’s Nautiz X9 is the Ultimate Ultra-Rugged Android PDA

Posted September 10, 2020

Designed to handle any environment a field worker might encounter, the Handheld Nautiz X9 comes loaded with all the enterprise-level features to deliver a best-in-class field performance. Don’t worry about your environment interrupting your work, built as a rugged mobile computer, the Nautiz X9 has an IP67 rating making it fully waterproof and completely sealed against dust. Powered by a quad-core processor and run on the Android 7.0 (Nougat), this Handheld mobile computer was designed with plenty of RAM and storage to handle a wide range of field tasks.

Nautiz X9 Features:

  • Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 1.3 GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM/16GB Flash Memory/Disk
  • 5” Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Rear facing 13-megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash
  • Front facing 2-megapixel camera
  • Applications: Forestry, public safety, field service and GIS/Surveying
  • Included in the box: standard battery, USB cable, AC-adapter and power plugs.

Contact us today for a free assessment and see if the Handheld Nautiz X9 is the right solution for you. Ask us about TrueSupport and our other DesignDeploy and Support services.

Panasonic FZ-T1: The Toughest Hand Held Around

Posted June 27, 2018


Panasonic has announced its latest rugged hand held, the FZ-T1. The 5- inch Android device is designed for the mobile work force in industries, including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, transportation, and logistics. The FZ-T1 will come in two options: with WiFi or WiFi and 4G/LTE functionalities. Designed to operate a full shift, it comes with a battery that can operate for 12 hours suited for operators scanning regularly.

This slim and lightweight hand held will be available for purchase in August 2018. Keep checking our blog for more updates!

Key Specs

  • Display: 5.00 inches
  • Processor: 1.1GHz quad-core
  • Resolution: 720 x1280 pixels
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear Camera: 8-megapixel
  • Battery Capacity: 3200 mAh

Contact us if you are interested in more information for the handheld or similar devices in your work force.

Dedicated Operating System for AIDC?

Posted March 25, 2014

2014-03-25_0915Automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) and the technologies surrounding it have become commonplace on warehouse floors and in supply chains throughout the world. From convenience stores to major supermarkets or from global shipping centers to your local post office, chances are you’ve seen a handheld device that can instantly scan and share information through phone lines or through a wireless connection.

When thinking about the operating systems behind these devices, one might come to a conclusion that a single operating system would dominate the installed population. The reality is that there are three major variants that are in use in the AIDC space:

  • Legacy Operating System — A platform that continues to be used in spite of its obsolescence and incompatibility with modern equivalents.
  • Mobile Device Operating System — A mobile device OS generally built to support functions (keyboards, email, text messaging, etc.) and features commonly available on mobile consumer devices.
  • Dedicated Handheld Operating System — A operating system specifically developed to support functions necessary for AIDC use (retail floor, warehouses, manufacturing, etc.).

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