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Rugged, shape-shifting handheld runs Android

Jun 26, 2014 — by Eric Brown 858 views

Motorola Solutions unveiled a rugged, enterprise handheld that runs Android 4.1, and offers 1D or 2D scanning and a choice of brick, gun, or turret styles.

When Motorola split into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions back in 2011, Motorola Mobility was supposed to be the Android company and Motorola Solutions the Windows company. Yet, the latter, which produces a range of enterprise solutions including 4G wireless equipment, has done quite well with its Android-ready enterprise handhelds.

The MC3200 is the third generation of Motorola’s MC3000 line of rugged handhelds, and continues to be targeted at inventory-related tasks on the store sales floor, in the warehouse aisle, or on the loading dock. The battery-powered device can run either Android 4.1 or Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE) on a dual-core, Cortex-A9-based Texas Instruments OMAP4 system-on-chip.

MC3200 in all three form-factors (left) and Gun model
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The MC3200 is available in three form-factors: Straight Shooter (brick), Gun, or Rotating Turret. All the form-factors offer a choice of three keyboards — 28-key mumeric, 38-key shifted alpha, and 48-key alpha-numeric — as well as 800MHz (standard) or 1GHz (premium) clock rates. Android is only available on the premium model, which also offers twice the RAM and flash as the standard model with 1GB and 4GB, respectively. Both versions supply a microSD slot for up to 32GB of storage.


All the models are equipped with a 3-inch, 320 x 320 resistive touchscreen with LED backlight and “chemically strengthened” glass. They provide 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth, although the latter is the older Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. You also get a choice between USB and RS-232 ports, as well as an audio jack.

Motorola offers a choice of 1D laser Adaptive Scanning, which supports scanning at up to 15 feet away, or a 1D/2D imager, which is available on all but the Rotating Turret model. The latter uses Motorola’s proprietary PRZM technology, and offers an extra-wide field of view. The 2D option lets you scan at up to 36 inches, as well as scan large or multiple bar codes at close range.

MC3200 Straight Shooter (left) and Rotating Turret models
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Ruggedization features include -20 to 50°C operating temperature, IP54 sealing, and drop resistance. The device is touted for its fast change battery slot. It runs on a 4800mAh battery, and all but the gun model offer an optional 2740mAh model.

The Android 4.1 stack is augmented with Extensions (Mx) by Motorola Solutions, which adds enterprise features like security, device management, and support for enterprise data capture. It also ships with an Enterprise Mobility Developers Kit (EMDK) for Android. Both Android and Windows models ship with Motorola’s RhoMobile 4.1 cross-platform development tools.

Specifications listed for the MC3200 include:

  • Processor – TI OMAP4 (2x Cortex-A9 cores @ 800MHz or 1GHz)
  • Memory:
    • 512MB RAM, 2GB flash (standard model)
    • 1GB RAM, 4GB flash (premium model)
    • MicroSD slot
  • Display — 3-inch, 320 x 320 resistive touchscreen; LED backlight
  • Keyboards — 28-key numeric, 38-key shifted alpha, or 48-key alpha-numeric
  • Wireless — 802.11a/b/g/n with WPA and WPA2 and internal antenna; Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • Scanner — 1D laser adaptive scanner (SE965 standard range); or 1D/2D imager (SE4750-SR) on Straight Shooter and Gun models only
  • Other I/O — USB 1.1 host/client or RS-232; 2.5mm headset jack
  • Other standard features — Speaker; mic; LEDs; 3-axis accelerometer; stylus
  • Options — Single-slot USB/RS-232 charging cradle with spare battery well; four-slot charge-only cradle; four-slot Ethernet cradle; four-slot battery charger; universal battery charger adapter
  • Battery — 4800mAh (all models) or 2740mAh (only on Straight Shooter or Rotating Turret)
  • Ruggedization:
    • -20 to 50°C operating temperature
    • IP54 sealing
    • Multiple 4 ft./1.2 m drops to concrete (MIL-STD 810G)
    • 500x 1.64 ft./0.5 m tumbles (1,000 drops) per IEC 68-2-32
  • Dimensions/weight (with battery):
    • Straight Shooter — 7.49 x 3.22 x 1.78 in.; 12.88 oz
    • Rotating Turret — 8.37 x 3.22 x 1.57 in.; 13.13 oz
    • Gun — 7.59 x 3.18 x 6.5 in.; 18.0 oz
  • Operating system – Android 4.1 (premium model only) with Mx extensions; Windows Embedded Compact 7.0

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the MC3200. More information may be found on the Motorola Solutions MC3200 product page.

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