With the launch of the Algiz RT10 barely in the rearview mirror, Handheld Group has announced yet another release, Nautiz X81. Unlike the Algiz RT10, which is an entirely new product, the Nautiz X81 is an upgraded version of the popular Nautiz X8. The outside strongly reminds of its predecessor and delivers the same feel and the same functionality. But don’t be fooled, the inside of this rugged computer is brand-new.
Nautiz X81 – based on what the customers want
Before starting the development of their new product, Handheld basically went to their customers and asked them what they wanted. The feedback was very clear, unsurprisingly everyone wanted more performance from an upgrade. However, the product developers from Handheld were also asked to keep the exterior and feel of the old Nautiz X8. The popular Nautiz X8 had performed admirably in some extreme environments and proved its rugged performance, so why change that?
“Interestingly, while everyone was interested in expanded performance capabilities, there was also overwhelming support for the existing form factor,”– Johan Hed, Handheld director of product management.
“So we re-invented the wheel without changing the basic design, look and feel. Both new and repeat customers will find the Nautiz X81 has the same solid and comfortable feel of its predecessor.”
An outside designed for the outdoors
Getting devices to function well outside always provides challenges. If you have worked outside you know that no matter the weather, there will always be something interfering with the usability. Rain will make most touchscreens a pain to use and neither is it very pleasant to have to take your gloves off to use them in the cold. Even the pleasant sunshine will mess with performance as it can make most screens unreadable.
The Nautiz X81 is fitted with a 4.8″ screen that’s specifically designed to perform well in direct sunlight. It’s designed to be easy to read, even without increasing the screen brightness above normal levels. The touch-screen is also usable with gloves on as well as in the rain, making weather a none issue.
It also has the ruggedness to handle the outdoors, it’s dust- and waterproof with an IP67 rating. Nautiz X81 can deal with temperatures from -30°C to +60°C (-22°F to +140°F) and it’s been tested to withstand drops as well as vibrations.
Upgrades on the inside
For starters Nautiz X81 has received a major OS upgrade, it now runs on Android 12 with GMS. Using the latest Android OS makes it more secure as well as provides increased compatibility. The device is Android Enterprise Recommended (AER), making it a safe quality choice for users.
On the performance side, you get a MediaTek i350 processor with 4 cores, an Arm Mali-G52 MC1 graphics card, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Of course, there’s the option to increase that with the use of memory cards.
The rugged computer is built with a wide range of connectivity, both wired and wireless. Nautiz x81 has ports for USB-A, USB Type-C, and RS-232, aside from connectivity the USB-C provides very quick charging. On the wireless side, the device has NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE and even ultra-quick 5G performance.
It’s fitted with a multi-band u-Blox GNSS receiver that will deliver fast and accurate location data using GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. Since it’s an upgrade of the Nautiz X8 there is, of course, a proven lineup of accessories and there is the option to get it fitted with barcode scanning.
Read more about the new Nautiz X81 on handheldgroup.com, where you can get the complete technical specs.