Smartphones have a come a long way in a very short time computing power, reliability and overall build quality. However, consumer-oriented smartphones are still relatively brittle, only able to handle drops from a small distance, and even then only in some instances.
Fortunately, for those who require something a little more rugged, Honeywell (News - Alert) has announced that its first-ever rugged Enterprise Hybrid Device (EHD), the Dolphin 70e Black, is on its way.
This rugged smart device was created specifically for traditional auto-identification and data capture customers who want something sleeker and lighter than most industrial devices, but still much tougher than any commercial phone.
In other words, the Dolphin 70e Black is meant to provide the happy medium sorely missed in the industrial device market.
"Honeywell has decades of experience in rugged design manufacturing and we are proud to introduce the AIDC industry's newest rugged hybrid device," said John Waldron, president of Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. "Dolphin Black reflects two device trends in today's industrial world: consolidation and consumerization. Workers and enterprises are looking for a single device that can do the work of several. They also want their devices to be as intuitive and easy to use as their personal mobile phones and tablets, but rugged enough to survive the environment of today's mobile professional."
The Dolphin 70e Black's specifications offer a good idea of its mixed consumer/industrial design. On the consumer side, it features a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, weighing seven ounces and measuring 0.75 inches thin.
In terms of industrial specs, it is IP67 rated for submersion in water and is completely dust proof, while sporting an enterprise-class area imagin scanner and up to 12 hours of battery life.
The Dolphin Black will start shipping in February 2013 running on "Windows operating systems," according to the press release, possibly meaning both Windows Mobile and Windows Phone (News - Alert). The device will also ship with Android 2.3 that same month with plans to upgrade to Android 4.0 later in the year.
Recently, Honeywell released a new black laminate film which promises to make black solar panels cooler and more efficient. Called PowerShield Cool Black, this film helps reduce solar panel operating temperature by reflecting solar radiation.
Edited by Braden Becker