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Rugged Android phone surprisingly thin, light

Dec 19, 2013 — by Eric Brown 1,881 views

The Handheld Group launched the Nautiz X1, a rugged, 4-inch smartphone with Android 4.0, a 15mm profile, 180-gram weight, and IP67 water- and dustproofing.

The Nautiz X1 is the “toughest enterprise smartphone in the world,” says the Handheld Group, based in Lidköping, Sweden. The phone is compliant with the IP67 ingress standard for being dustproof and withstanding immersion in water. The Nautiz X1 is also claimed to meet MIL-STD-810G requirements for humidity, vibration, shock, and extreme temperatures, in this case, -20 to 60°C.

Nautiz X1
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The Nautiz X1 is remarkably thin (15mm) and lightweight (180 grams) for a rugged enterprise phone. For example, the 4-inch Intermec CN51 has a 32mm profile and a 350 gram weight, while the 5-inch Amrel Rocky DF6 is 24.5mm thick and weighs 450 grams. Like these two recently launched devices, the Nautiz X1 is available with either Android 4.x or Windows Embedded operating systems.


The Nautiz X1 offers the reliable Texas Instruments OMAP4430, a dual-core SoC clocked at 1GHz. The phone is further equipped with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of flash, and microSD expansion. The 4-inch capacitive touchscreen has the typical mediocre WVGA (800 x 480) found on most enterprise phones. On the other hand, it provides sunlight readability and Gorilla Glass. There’s no mention of backlighting, however.

Nautiz X1 at high altitude (left) and low
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WiFi, Bluetooth, and a choice of GSM or CDMA 3G cellular radios are available, along with GPS, sensors, and a 5-megapixel camera. A micro USB 2.0 OTG port is available along with a 5-pin USB docking connector that plugs into optional desktop or vehicle cradles. The 1530mAH battery can be swapped out for an optional 3060mAh model, ensuring all-day battery life, according to the company.

Specifications listed for the Nautiz X1 include:

  • Processor — TI OMAP4430 (2x Cortex-A9 cores @ 1GHz)
  • Memory:
    • 1GB RAM
    • 4GB flash
    • MicroSD slot (SDHC)
  • Display — 4-inch, 800 x 480 sunlight-readable capacitive touchscreen; Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11b/g/n, with WEP, WPA, WPA2
    • Bluetooth Class 2
    • GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+ or CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800 MHz, 1900 MHz)
  • Sensors — GPS (U-Blox); E-compass; G-sensor
  • Camera — 5-megapixel with autofocus and LED flash
  • Other I/O:
    • Micro-USB 2.0 OTG
    • 5-pin USB docking connector
    • Headset jack
  • Other features — Speaker; mic; vibration function; optional desktop or vehicle cradle; optional carrying cases
  • Battery — 1530mAh Li-Ion; optional 3060mAh
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature — -20 to 60°C
    • Drop resistance — 26 drops from 4 ft (1.22 m) MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.6 Procedure IV
    • Vibration resistance — MIL-STD-810G, Method 514.6 Procedures I, II
    • Ingress (sand and dust) — IP67, MIL-STD-810G
    • Waterproofing — IP67, MIL-STD-810G
    • Humidity resistance — MIL-STD-810G, Method 507.5
    • Altitude support — up to 15,000 ft. (4,572 m) at 23°C (73°F)
  • Weight — 180 g (6.3 oz)
  • Dimensions — 125 x 65 x 15mm (4.9 x 2.6 x 0.6 inches)
  • Operating system — Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5

“This is the toughest smartphone ever built,” stated Jerker Hellström, CEO of Handheld Group. “We see a huge demand for truly rugged smartphones among field professionals and outdoor enthusiasts who want to be constantly connected.”

Further information

The Nautiz X1 is now shipping to customers worldwide at an unstated price. More information may be found at the Handheld Group’s Nautiz X1 product page.

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