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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 8X

A fast, compact and very handy high-resolution 8-inch capacitive multi-touch tablet for those who need Windows 10 on the job, wherever that may be. The Intel Pentium-N3710 powered Algiz 8X, introduced early 2017, weighs just 2.2 pounds, and carries on Handheld's tradition of offering interesting, versatile mobile computers covering every conceivable part of Handheld's target markets.

Algiz 10X

An elegant high-resolution 10-inch capacitive multi-touch tablet for those who need Windows on the job, wherever that may be. The Intel Celeron N2930-powered Algiz 10X, introduced late 2016, weighs well under three pounds, and provides the computing power, the display real estate, and the razor-sharp resolution required for complex imaging and positioning projects.

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 or with Microsoft 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.

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.

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Corvallis, OR 97333, USA
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Handheld News
Handheld announces CAN bus module for ALGIZ 8X rugged tablet
Handheld Group today announced a CAN bus expansion module accessory for its ALGIZ 8X ultra-rugged tablet. The module allows the ALGIZ 8X to communicate directly with machines and appliances using the CAN bus communication protocol. Designed for the automotive and industrial control industries, Handheld's new CAN bus expansion module facilitates efficient communication between the 8-inch Algiz 8X rugged tablet computer and devices that operate over a CAN interface, such as sensors, controllers and actuators. The CAN interface has a high tolerance for electromagnetic interference, making it ideal for use in vehicles. [See Handheld Group press release] -- Posted Monday, January 29, 2018 by chb

Handheld launches the Nautiz X9 outdoor-rugged Android PDA
Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, announced the new NAUTIZ X9, a 5-inch, Android 7 "Nougat"-powered ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments. The new Nautiz X9 Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. [See description, analysis and specs of the Handheld Nautiz X9] -- Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by chb

Case study: Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer
Alex Bellini, an Italian explorer and environmental advocate, accompanied by Handheld Group Nautiz X8, journeyed across the largest glacier in Europe in winter 2016-2017 to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on our planet's frozen structures. Communicating with a support team, navigating remote landscapes and tracking weather patterns were all indispensable parts of Bellini's expedition. He used the weatherproof Nautiz X8 handheld as a navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer on his trek across Vatnajökull glacier, which covers approximately 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of southeast Iceland. [Read Handheld Group's Nautiz X8 assists explorer as navigation tool, weather station, phone and personal computer] -- Posted Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by chb

Handheld Group appoints Myra Long as Director of Development
Handheld Group, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, today announced that Myra Long has been promoted to Director of Development. As Director of Development, Long is responsible for managing new product development, integrating improvements for existing products, and verifying build-processes. Long started with Handheld Group in a project management consultant role in 2011 and officially joined the Handheld team as a program manager in 2014. She brings expertise in military and mobile product research, development and management from Lockheed Martin, Oregon State University, SRI International and Hewlett Packard. [See Handheld press release] -- Posted Thursday, November 9, 2017 by chb

Handheld launches blog at
Handheld Group, a leading supplier of rugged mobile computers, announced the launch of its new blog, RUGGEDINFORMER.COM. will serve as a resource for mobility professionals, field technicians, IT managers, and others who are engaged in workforce mobilization. It will be a resource to learn more about rugged computers and stay informed about mobility news and emerging rugged technologies. [See Handheld Group press release] -- Posted Friday, September 8, 2017 by chb

Handheld Group case study: Timber buyers increase accuracy, efficiency and profits with rugged handhelds
Technology has changed the way we do business today, but the overriding goal remains the same: be profitable. That's why smart people in the timber industry are always looking for an edge — technological or otherwise. Thanks to ultra-rugged portable handhelds, jobs that used to be time- and labor-intensive can now be done with drastically improved efficiency. And that translates to the bottom line. Dalton Smith, a buyer with Thomas Timber in Arkansas, USA, is using the Nautiz X8 rugged handheld data collector from Handheld Group, along with industry-specific software, to cruise timber plots faster and calculate bids more accurately. [Read "Timber buyers increase accuracy, efficiency and profits with rugged handhelds"] -- Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by chb

Full review: Handheld Algiz 8X ultra-rugged Windows tablet has completed a full review of the Handheld Group's Algiz X8 rugged Windows 10 tablet, designed for modern field workers who require a compact, powerful tablet computer for mobile tasks. Powered by a Intel "Braswell" N3710 quad-core processor, the fanless Algiz 8X has a bright (600+ nits) 1280 x 800 pixel 8-inch procap wet/glove-capable multi-touch display with optional active pen support, can handle extreme environmental conditions, and provides extensive onboard connectivity and a "backpack" system for custom features. [See full review of the Handheld Group's Algiz 8X] -- Posted Friday, May 26, 2017 by chb

Full review: Handheld Group Algiz 10X 10.1-inch rugged Windows tablet with tech update and fresh new look
The third generation Handheld Algiz 10X addresses the needs of anyone who's been looking for a tough, rugged Windows 10 tablet for demanding work even under extreme environmental conditions, and one with a bright, sharp display large enough to comfortably work on. RuggedPCReview examined this latest version of the Algiz 10X that now comes with full-HD resolution, glove and rain-capable capacitive multi-touch, concurrent GNSS, an optional active stylus, the LTSB version of Windows 10, and a fresh and modern new look. [See full review of the Handheld Algiz 10X] -- Posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 by chb

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

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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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