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Tough Android handheld handles 4-foot drops

Dec 11, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 780 views

Janam’s Android-based “XM70” rugged mobile handheld has a 3.5-inch screen, 1GHz Cortex-A8 SoC, WiFi, BT, and a Zebra SE4500 1D and 2D barcode scanner.

Last year, Woodbury, NY based Janam Technologies LLC added Yocto Project-based Linux support to its Windows Mobile-ready XG Series barcode scanners. Now, it’s expanding beyond Windows Mobile to Android with its XM70 rugged handheld computer.

Accessories and batteries are backward compatible with the earlier XM66, which Janam says is being used by “hundreds of thousands” of mobile workers. The rugged handheld is similarly aimed at retail, hospitality, healthcare, transportation and logistics, and ticketing applications.

Janam XM70 with Android model on right using PDA keypad option
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The XM70’s 3.5-inch, QVGA resistive touchscreen appears to be identical to that of the XM66, which was limited to Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded. Also similar are the 146 x 79 x 30.5mm dimensions and under 10-ounce weight (279 grams with battery).

The Android 4.1.2 based device, which also runs Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, moves from an old-school, ARM11 Freescale i.MX31 SoC to an unnamed, 1GHz Cortex-A8, which is claimed to double the processing speed. RAM increases to 1GB, and NAND flash jumps from 256MB to 4GB. Once again, a user-accessible microSD slot is provided.

The XM70 also adds advanced 1D and 2D barcode scanning with Zebra’s SE4500 scan engine, moving up from the previous Adaptus system. The SE4500 is touted for its scanning speed and motion tolerance.


As before, the XM70 is sealed against water and dust to IP54 standards. It also similarly offers ESD resistance, and can withstand 4 foot/1.2 meter drops to concrete on all sides. Vibration resistance is listed as 0.03 G2/Hz from 20Hz to 2kHz (1 hour random wave per axis). Like the XM66, the XM70 supports -10 to 50º C temperatures, Removable 2400mAh, or optional 4000mAh, Li-ion batteries ensure uninterrupted operation in the field.

XM70 with numeric keypad option

The XM70 is further equipped with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 2.0 port, a speaker, and a microphone. You can choose between a backlit numeric keypad or backlit PDA keypad with 4-way navigation. Accessories include various cradle kits.

Other recent Android-based rugged mobile handhelds include:

Further information

The XM70 appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Janam’s XM70 product page.

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