Handheld launches the Nautiz X8 — a new ultra-rugged field PDA with superior screen size and sunlight visibility

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Handheld Group, manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has announced the launch of its brand-new Nautiz X8 rugged PDA. The Nautiz X8 is a handheld computer with superior processing power, screen performance and battery life. It is built for tough field conditions primarily in GIS, land surveying, public safety, forestry and the military.

The Nautiz X8 is built to enable efficient and reliable data collection in the toughest of environments. It has an IP67 ingress protection rating, which means it offers complete protection against dust and sand and can withstand immersion in water. It also meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military test standards for overall durability and resistance to humidity, shock, vibration, drops, salt and extreme temperatures.

This new dynamic handheld computer features a high-performance Texas Instruments 4470 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It has 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of iNAND Flash and a 5200 mAh Li-ion battery that lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge. And it comes with a choice of operating systems — Android 4.2.2 or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3.

The Nautiz X8 has a large 4.7-inch ultra-bright capacitive multi-touch screen with chemically strengthened Asahi Dragontrail glass, offering users unparalleled brightness and protection in any field condition. The unit has an ergonomic design and weighs 490 grams (17.3 ounces).

The Nautiz X8 has a dedicated u-blox GPS receiver, Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g/n WLAN functionality, as well as connectivity through GSM/UMTS or CDMA phone data transmission. A built-in 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash lets users capture visual data quickly and easily. This handheld also features an open architecture and an extension cap system that allows for additional hardware connections such as sensors, radios and other add-ons.

"The new Nautiz X8 is the world's best rugged handheld computer, with exceptional durability, connectivity, processing power and battery life — without compromising ergonomics or design," says Jerker Hellström, CEO of Handheld Group. "Its capacitive touchscreen is in a class of its own: incredibly bright and very large for a PDA and, of course, chemically strengthened to withstand rough handling in the field. Field workers all over the world will love this new PDA and treat it with the tough love it deserves."

Orders for the new Nautiz X8 can be placed immediately. First deliveries will begin in November.

The Nautiz X8 rugged handheld will be shown first at WEFTEC in New Orleans, followed by INTERGEO in Berlin.

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