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Handheld is a worldwide supplier of rugged PDAs and mobile computers. Together with partners, Handhelds deliver complete mobility solutions to businesses in industries such as logistics, forestry, geodesy, public transportation, construction, service and maintenance, military and security. The Handheld Group of Sweden has local offices in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, the UK and the USA.

Product Line-up: Handheld brands

Algiz 7

Introduced in early 2010 and thoroughly updated in 2013, the Algiz 7 provides an ultra-compact yet very rugged Intel Atom-powered tablet capable of running Windows 7 while still providing exceptional battery life and weighing just 2.4 pounds. The Algiz 7 can be equipped with Gobi 3000 mobile broadband (WWAN) for access to CDMA EVDO Rev. A and HSPA+ wireless networks and seamless network selection within a single device.

Algiz RT7

In November 2015, Handheld added the Algiz RT7, a sensible, practical Android tablet that's tough enough to go anywhere. Weighing just 1.44 pounds and less than an inch thick, the Algiz RT7 merges the consumer tablet look and feel with the serious features and qualities that matter out there in the field. And it all comes at a price that's right.

Algiz 10X

A speedy high-resolution 10-inch tablet for those who need Windows on the job, wherever that may be. The Intel Atom N2600-powered Algiz 10X, introduced late 2012, weighs under three pounds, and carries on on Handheld's tradition of offering interesting, versatile mobile computers covering every conceivable part of Handheld's target markets.

Algiz XRW

"XRW" stands for Xtreme Road Warrior, and this ultra-rugged netbook-class machine delivers both superior performance and full-shift battery life from its Atom processor. The wide-format 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 pixel display is large enough for complex work and applications, and the XRW offers optional Gobi3000 for communication worldwide.

Nautiz X1

Handheld designed the Nautiz X1 to the toughest smartphone in the world — it is waterproof, dust-proof and shock-resistant, but it is also lightweight (just 6.3 ounces), very slim and smartly designed for both work and play with its 800 x 480 pixel 4-inch procap display. The X1 comes either with Android 4.0 or with Micrsoft Windows Embedded Handheld, fitting both into existing as well as emerging IT infrastructures.

Nautiz X2

The Nautiz X2 is a 4.7-inch rugged Android smartphone with enterprise-level features, security, and capabilities. Despite its remarkable toughness and integrated industrial-grade 1D or 1D/2D scanner, the Nautiz X2 weighs just 8 ounces, and is slim and handy enough to go anywhere. Google GMS sets the Nautiz X2 apart from other enterprise handhelds, allowing you to download Play Store apps and use Google Maps and other Google-branded productivity and entertainment apps.

Nautiz X3

Addressing the needs of those who seek to replace a consumer smartphone and a rugged PDA with one combined device, the small and handy Nautiz X3 offers superior ruggedness (IP65, 6-foot drop spec) in a device weighing just nine ounces. With a 2.8-inch QVGA daylight visible screen, an integrated 3 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, GPS, e-Compass, altimeter and 3.75G radio, the Nautiz X3 can be equipped with either a 1-D laser or 2-D imager bar code scanner.

Nautiz X4

The rugged Nautiz X4, a multi-purpose data collection mobile computer with integrated keypad and industrial-grade scanner options. The IP65-sealed Nautiz X4 has a 3.5-inch 640 x 480 pixel resistive touch screen, runs Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 for easy integration into existing enterprise infrastructures, weighs under 12 ounces, and includes GPS, WWAN, camera and a microSD card slot.

Nautiz X8

The Nautiz X8, introduced September 2014, is a state-of-the-art rugged mobile computer that features a large, bright 4.7-inch capacitive multi-touch display, IP67 sealing, a very wide operating temperature range, 12 hour battery life, and an extension cap expansion system. The Nautiz X8 is available both in Windows Embedded Handheld and Android 4.2.2 versions.


The Handheld SP400X is the first and only scan-and-print solution to integrate 2D imaging, inkjet printing and wireless communication in one device. It's designed to simplify high-volume logistic operations centers and postal services that use manual scanning and labeling to sort packages.

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Nautiz X5

The Nautiz X5 is a versatile PDA that delivers a category-leading combination of performance features in a small but rugged package. With a full VGA daylight visible screen, an integrated 3 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a battery that lasts more than a full workday on a charge this handheld takes desktop computing efficiency out into the field. The Nautiz X5 has options for 3G cellular (voice and data), a 1-D laser or 2-D imager bar code scanner and GPS.

Nautiz X7

Packed with innovative advancements in PDA technology, the IP67-sealed ultra-rugged Nautiz X7 surpasses everything else on the market with its mix of power, functionality and ruggedness. Its 3G capability for GSM/UMTS phone and data transmission, integrated compass and altimeter, and G-sensor/accelerometer that can measure speed, vibration and rotation, open the door to countless application possibilities.

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Corvallis, OR 97333, USA
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Handheld News
Added: Handheld Group Algiz 10X Gen 3
Product description and specs of the heavily updated 3rd generation of the Handheld Group's ultra-rugged Algiz 10X tablet now available on RuggedPCReview. Major updates include switch to 1920 x 1200 pixel, 16:10 aspect ratio, 10.1-inch display; switch to capacitive multi-touch with glove and rain modes; addition of optional active pen; switch to u-blox NEO-M8N positioning; and switch to Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. [See description, specs and analysis of the Handheld Group Algiz 10X] -- Posted Monday, March 20, 2017 by chb

Handheld appoints new President of Its North American subsidiary
Handheld Group announced the appointment of Mike Zelman as President of its North American subsidiary, Handheld US. Mike Zelman has been on the Handheld US board since its inception and most recently served as Vice President of Business Development for Handheld Group. Prior to joining Handheld, he served as Vice President of Marketing for Merix, a leading global manufacturer of complex interconnect solutions. He has also held management positions within the mobile computing division at Trimble, the electrical component business at Flextronics, and the semiconductor group within Agilent Technologies. [See Handheld media release] -- Posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 by chb

Handheld Group announces Algiz 8X rugged Windows tablet
Handheld Group announced their new Algiz X8 rugged Windows 10 tablet, designed for modern field workers who require a powerful, portable computer for mobile tasks. Powered by an Intel "Braswell" N3710 quad-core processor, the Algiz 8X has a bright (600+ nits) 1280 x 800 pixel 8-inch procap wet/glove-capable multi-touch display with active pen support, can handle extreme environmental conditions, and provides extensive onboard connectivity and a "backpack" system for custom features. [See Handheld media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Group Algiz 8X -- Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by chb

Handheld Group upgrades ultra-rugged ALGIZ RT7 tablet
The Handheld Group announced it has upgraded its popular 7-inch Algiz RT7 rugged Android tablet to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and doubled RAM to 2 GB. These upgrades will also apply to the Algiz RT7 eTicket used in public transportation fare collection and ticket validation. Jerker Hellström, Handheld Group CEO, said that “Android 6.0 is a vast improvement over 5.1 for our enterprise customers, increasing data security and adding features designed specifically for mobile workforces employing Android. And the performance-enhancing RAM increase ensures our customers have the power they need for complex field tasks.” [See Handheld Group media release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by chb

Case Study: Handheld Group Algiz 10X emergency response system improves efficiency for ambulance workers
Sweden is improving its emergency healthcare efforts with Paratus, a modular solution built on Handheld's Algiz 10X rugged tablet. Swedish emergency responders are using the Algiz 10X emergency response tablet to send critical status updates to hospital workers as they happen, increasing emergency healthcare efficiency and improving patient outcomes. [Read Algiz 10X emergency response system improves efficiency for ambulance workers] -- Posted Thursday, January 26, 2017 by chb

Case study: Meat distribution company improves quality control in refrigerated storage facilities
Even small environmental changes can make an enormous difference when it comes to food preservation. For food distributors, a storage and transportation climate that's just one degree too warm or a few percentage points too dry can compromise the quality of deliverables — and impact revenue. Fridosa is Bolivia's largest meat-product exporter. Its offerings include cuts of meat, burgers, breaded meat, sausages and potato snacks. They chose the Handheld Group's Nautiz X3 to improve quality control in refrigerated storage facilities. [Read Turning a Cool Profit with Rugged Mobile Computers — A meat distribution company improves quality control in refrigerated storage facilities] -- Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by chb

Case study: Rugged technology helps GIS professionals calculate utility pole measurements for telecom companies
Utility poles are prime real estate for telecommunications companies. Businesses jockey for space on these poles, which hold not only electricity wiring, but also cellphone equipment, cable television and fiber optic cables and antennas, and more. The process of adding a specific company's equipment to a utility pole isn't easy, and it's highly regulated. Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 rugged computer helps improve efficiency, saving significant time, and increasing profits for GIS contractors and their clients. [See For Good Measure — Rugged technology helps GIS professionals calculate utility pole measurements for telecom companies] -- Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by chb

Handheld on track with major orders to European railways
Handheld Group announced major wins with two European railways. The projects are valued at more than $2 million over the next 12 months. Each of the two railways selected a separate device — one opted for a NAUTIZ handheld device, and the other chose an ALGIZ rugged tablet solution. Both projects involve hardware, accessories and services. Project deliveries have already begun and are expected to continue over the next 12 to 18 months. [See Handheld Group media release] -- Posted Thursday, October 20, 2016 by chb

Full review: Handheld Nautiz X2 rugged mobile Android device
The global demand for smartphone-like handhelds with industrial durability and data collection capabilities is on the rise. These devices look and work like modern smartphones, but are far more durable and won't break on the job. RuggedPCReview tested the Handheld Group's Nautiz X2, and found it to be a practical solution for anyone who needs contemporary Android smartphone functionality at work and in the field. With a footprint roughly the same as that of the iPhone 7 Plus, the attractively styled Nautiz X2 remains manageable in size and weight, and is rugged enough to be used in any environment. [See full review of the Handheld Group Nautiz X2] -- Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by chb

Handheld updates ultra-rugged Algiz 10X tablet with full-HD procap screen, concurrent GPS
The Handheld Group announced it has upgraded its 10.1-inch Algiz 10X ultra-rugged tablet computer from a 1366 x 768 pixel resistive touch screen to a 1920 x 1080 pixel 10-point capacitive multi-touch screen with optional active capacitive pen. Handheld also upgraded the positioning system of the Algiz 10X from a u-blox NEO-6T to a u-blox NEO-M8N with concurrent GPS and GLONASS support. The upgraded version uses Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB (64-bit). [See Handheld media release and Algiz 10X product page] -- Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by chb

Handheld Group introduces rugged Nautiz X2 enterprise-level Android smartphone with integrated scanning
Handheld Group introduced the Nautiz X2, an iPhone 6s Plus-sized rugged Android "Lollipop" device designed to merge contemporary smartphone sophistication with enterprise-level capabilities and toughness as well as industrial-grade 1D or 1D/2D integrated scanning. [See Handheld Group media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X2] -- Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by chb

Handheld Group adds e-ticketing capabilities to its versatile Algiz RT7 Android rugged tablet
Handheld Group announced the Algiz RT7 eTicket, a new version of its Algiz RT7 Android tablet that adds a specialized RFID reader so transit workers can use it for mobile ticketing tasks. The 7-inch Algiz RT7 eTicket tablet offers an optimum combination of functionality, transaction speed, light weight, reliability and ruggedness for mobile transit environments. The contactless electronic link between card and reader provides a fast interface to handle a high volume of transactions. The integrated Arcontia smart card reader makes for fast and dependable contactless payment collection. The reader is MIFARE compatible, supports ISO/IEC and ISO14443 A/B RFID tags/cards, and has two integrated Secure Access Modules (SAM) for secure transactions. [See Handheld media release]
-- Posted Thursday, June 2, 2016 by chb

Full review: Handheld Group Algiz RT7 rugged Android tablet
Swedish Handheld Group's Android 5.1.1-based 7-inch Algiz RT7 tablet computer is the latest in the company's lineup of rugged mobile computers for field workers in all sorts of demanding environments. Weighing less than the original iPad, the Algiz RT7 has a very responsive 7-inch daylight-viewable wide-format capacitive multi-touch touch screen, good wired and wireless communication, industrial grade scanning, and it is tough enough to go anywhere. [See full review of the Handheld Group Algiz RT7] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by chb

Handheld Group introduces intrinsically safe ultra-rugged computer
Handheld Group announced its first certified intrinsically safe model, a special version of the Nautiz X1 compact handheld. The product is being brought to market through a collaboration between Handheld Group and MCS (Mining Consultancy Services Pty Ltd), with offices in South Africa, Australia and Russia. The special version of the Nautiz X1 will first be introduced to the market in South Africa, where the Ex ia (Zone 0) and Ex ib (Zone 1) certifications have been issued. The international equivalent certifications, IECEx for Zone 0 and Zone 1, are in progress and are expected to be approved later this summer. [See Handheld media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by chb

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Finding the right product
Handheld is your source for a broad array of rugged products, from PDAs to tablets. Our global research has uncovered the very best mobile computing tools available--a deep lineup of high-quality, full-featured rugged devices.

That means you don't have to scour the planet for the best solution, because we've already done the work for you. We've chosen these products for their versatility as well, so we can provide the right tool for the job for virtually any mobile computing challenge.

Building a great partnership
It seems obvious, but it's an attitude you don't find everywhere: Our goal is to help our partners succeed. Because we know that if you succeed, we'll be successful, too. And the key to that approach is providing truly personal service.

Handheld is not a large, faceless corporation--we're a small company in all the best ways. And while our product line is broad, we've chosen only the best in each form factor. We really know our products, and we can help you with everything from technical support to customization. That means when you partner with Handheld you can always count on prompt responses, direct communication and a good value.

We offer generous dealer discounts, special pricing on evaluation units and other incentives. And our deep background in the industry means you'll get unmatched technical support with any of our products.

Our long-term goal is to build a strong network of dealers in various vertical markets. We'll continue to find and offer our partners only the best rugged, mobile computing tools. Talk to us today to find out how to be a part of it.

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