Consumer smart phones don’t last long in many field-based work environments—not because service contracts are too short, but because the phones aren’t tough enough to withstand drops on concrete, lack adequate battery life or don’t have enterprise scanning capabilities. Today’s mobile workers have a new option: Honeywell’s first-ever rugged Enterprise Hybrid Device (EHD), the Dolphin 70e Black. The rugged smart device was created for traditional auto-identification and data capture customers who want something sleeker and lighter than a typical AIDC industrial device, but need something tougher than a consumer-grade phone. The Dolphin 70e Black is targeted to meet the needs of the growing mobile workforce, which is projected to reach 1.3 billion by 2015, according to IDC. For retail workers, the device can access product information, look at inventory or be used to call another employee inside or outside the store for assistance. The Dolphin Black will begin shipping with Windows operating systems in February 2013. The Dolphin Black for Android 4.0 OS will launch in mid-2013. The Dolphin Black will begin shipping with Windows operating systems and Android operating systems in February 2013.
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