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Handheld Algiz 10X

Speedy high-resolution 10-inch tablet for those who need Windows on the job, wherever that may be
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

In September 2017, Swedish Handheld Group announced the Windows 10-based 10.1-inch Algiz 10X tablet computer, the latest in the company's lineup of rugged mobile computers for use in markets such as utility, military, logistics, forestry, transportation and field service.

For a brief intro, the Handheld Group offers two primary product lines, those being the Nautiz branded rugged handhelds and the Algiz branded rugged tablets and notebooks. By now, most of the Nautiz handhelds are available with either Windows or Android. On the Algiz side, the Handheld Group also supports both Android (the Algiz RT7) and Windows, but with the new Algiz 8X, Windows is now up 3:1. The image below shows the company's older Windows-based Algiz 7 on the left, the Algiz 10X on the right, and the 8-inch Algiz 8X in the middle.

The Algiz 10X is not a new product, although it certainly looks all new. The original Algiz 10X, introduced in 2012, had a resistive touch screen and a different display aspect ratio. There was an update in February 2015 that doubled performance with a switch from the original Intel Atom N2600 to a Celeron N2930 as well as faster wireless communication, but it still looked the same. That's now changed as is quite evident from the comparison between the old Algiz 10X on the left and the new one on the right:

And now here's what's changed with the latest version of the Algiz 10X:

  • While the display still measures 10.1 inches diagonally, resolution went from the old 1,366 x 768 to the new 1,920 x 1,200 pixel. That's well more than twice as many pixels, and pixel density rose from 155 ppi (pixel per inch) to 224 ppi, which is "retina" MacBook territory. The aspect ratio went from 16:9 to 16:10, which isn't as narrow and more pleasing to our eyes.

  • Resistive single touch has been replaced with contemporary 10-point capacitive multi-touch that's much better suited to Windows 10 (and has also pretty much become what users expect). There used to be concern that procap doesn't work well with gloves on or in rain. The Handheld Group answered that with adding both a glove and a rain mode to the new Algiz 10X.

  • An optional active capacitive stylus is available. That still comes in handy when extra precision is needed (like mapping, legacy apps, etc.).

  • For positioning, the new Algiz 10X switched from a u-blox NEO-6T to a u-blox NEO-M8N with concurrent GPS and GLONASS support. This means that the receiver has more satellites at its disposal, which improves positioning accuracy under adverse conditions.

  • The new Algiz 10X comes standard with the Enterprise LTSB version of Windows 10. LTSB stands for Long Term Servicing Branch. In essence, that means instead of constantly being updated (and often at inconvenient times), the LTSB version receives less frequent but more comprehensive updates.

  • Handheld used the display and touch technology switch for a redesign. The flush glass surface of the capacitive screen extends past the LCD perimeter, giving the Algiz 10X a sleeker, more elegant, and more contemporary look. The directional diamond is gone as it is not needed with procap. This allowed a clean and elegant redesign of the physical button area.
The Algiz 10X has the latest version of Handheld's MaxView display technology that uses a combination of optical treatments to make Handheld displays vibrant and readable under virtually all viewing conditions. A special bonding process "melts" LCD, anti-glare filter and touchscreen together, minimizing reflections and making the screen stronger. MaxView technology also increases contrast ratio, eliminates the "parallax" effect and condensation between layers, and provides extra durability and impact absorption.

No changes in the engine compartment as none were needed. The quad-core Celeron N2930, which initially made its appearance in the 2015 update of the Algiz 10X, is a competent system-on-chip solution that runs at 1.83GHz, has a burst frequency of 2.16GHz, supports fast but efficient DDR3L RAM, and has a Scenario Design Power of just 4.5 watts. The hot-swappable 7.4V, 5,300mAH 38.5 watt-hour Li-Ion battery pack remains unchanged, as is the optional extended 77 watt-hour battery. We have not yet tested battery draw of the latest version of the Algiz 10X.

As before, the new Algiz 10X has an integrated 5-megapixel camera with LED illuminator light, good onboard wired connectivity, and the kind of ruggedness expected from Handheld. The Algiz 10X can handle a very wide operating temperature range from -4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, making it suitable for deployment in freezers as well as deserts. It carries IP65 sealing where the "6" means the computer is totally protected from dust, and the "5" that it is protected against low pressure jet of water from all directions. The Algiz 10X also passed the MIL-STD-810G test of 26 drops to concrete. Also much appreciated: whereas water-resistant units often rely on meticulous fit and seating of protective covers, the Algiz 10X's USB, serial and power ports are totally sealed against water even if the protective covers are open.

RuggedPCReview.com hasn't had hands-on with the new version of the Algiz 10X. In the Handheld Group's media release, Johan Hed, director of product management, summed it up as follow: "The technology changes made in this version give a whole new user experience for our customers." That seems about right.

Specifications Handheld Algiz 10X
Added Added 09/2016, updated 03/2017
Type Rugged Tablet PC
OS Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB (64-bit)
Processor Quad-core Intel Celeron N2930 with 2MB cache
CPU Speed 1.83GHz (2.16GHz burst speed)
Processor TDP/SDP 7.5 watts/4.5 watts
Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Standard/Max RAM 4GB DDR3 RAM
Disk/drive 128GB SSD
Card slots 1 microSDXC
Display type Sunlight-readable "MaxView" TFT with LED backlight and ambient light sensor
Display size/res 10.1" WXGA (1,920 x 1,200 pixel, 224ppi) "MaxView" LCD
Digitizer/pens 10-point capacitive multi-touch (incl. rain and glove modes), optional active pen
Keyboard/scale On-screen QWERTY soft kbd, power, menu key, 2 programmable
Housing Plastic with protective rubber bumpers
Operating Temp -4° to 140° degrees Fahrenheit (-20° to 60° Celsius)
Sealing IP65, IEC60529
Shock 26 4-feet drops to concrete per MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6, Procedure IV
Vibration MIL-STD-810G, Method 514.6 Procedure I
Altitude 15.000 ft at 73°F (4572 meters at 23°C)
Size (WxHxD) 10.8 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches (275 x 171 x 32 mm)
Weight 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg)
Power Hot-swappable 7.4V, 5,300mAH, 39.2 watt-hour Li-Ion battery pack; optional extended 7.4V, 10,600mAH,78 watt-hour extended battery
Interface 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x DB9 RS-232, 1 x gigabit RJ45, 1 x VGA, audio in/out, docking connector, 1 speaker
Camera 5-megapixel Camera + LED flash
Wireless 802.11ac a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 LE, integrated u-blox NEO-M8N (GPS & GLONASS, WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS-capable), optional LTE/HSPA+/GSM/GPRS WWAN (Sierra Wireless MC7304 / MC354)
List price Starting at US$2,849
Brochure Algiz 10X product brochure (PDF)
Web www.handheldgroup.com and Algiz 10X page
Contact Handheld Group AB
Kinnegatan 17A
531 33 Lidköping, Sweden
Tel: +46 (0) 510 54 71 70
Fax: +46 (0) 510 282 05
Web: www.handheldgroup.com
Email: info @ handheldgroup.com

HHCS Handheld USA Inc.
33870 SE Eastgate Circle
Corvallis, OR 97333, USA
Tel: (541) 752-0313
Fax: (541) 752-0338
Web: www.handheld-us.com
Email: info @ handheld-us.com