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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 20, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Intermec gets blingy and rugged with CS40

You don’t usually look to Intermec for blingy smartphones, but the Everett company’s going a new direction with the CS40 handheld it’s launching today.

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The Windows Mobile 6.5-based device is a high-performance industrial barcode scanner that happens to look a lot like one of the newer BlackBerry smartphones. It also has a 3 megapixel camera and “3.75G” voice and data communications.

But the biggest difference is the heavy-duty construction, which makes the CS40 sort of like an armor plated BMW.

Intermec’s calling it the “first rugged mobile computer with the size and styling of a smartphone.” It claims the device is sealed against dust and liquid intrusion and can withstand multiple four-foot drops onto concrete on all corners and sides.

That blend of durability and design is Intermec’s pitch to business customers who might be considering less-rugged consumer devices with scanning apps.

Intermec’s release says the CS40 “enables an all-encompassing business process transformation for mobile workforces in pre-sales, merchandising, field service, long haul and truck load transportation.”

For a list price of $1,795 in the U.S.

Maybe they should also make a lower-priced one without a scanner, for people who tend to drop their pricey smartphones a lot …

Comments | Topics: CS40, Enterprise, Gadgets & products

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