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Tough Android phablet does sensing, scanning, 3G

Feb 2, 2016 — by Eric Brown 788 views

Aaeon’s rugged “RTC-600A” handheld runs Android on a TI OMAP4470, and provides a 5.7-inch screen, 8-hour battery, and wireless, sensor, and scanner features.

Aaeon calls the RTC-600A a “rugged tablet handheld,” but it’s a pipsqueak compared to Aaeon’s ruggedized, 10.1-inch RTC-900R. The RTC-600A features phablet-like diagonal screen dimensions of 5.7 inches, but the more notable dimension is its 22mm thickness. Aaeon has made use of the extra space to add physical buttons along the sides of the device to augment the capacitive touchscreen without sacrificing screen space to a QWERTY keyboard.

RTC-600A, front and back
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Like Intermec’s 4-inch CN51 — one of many rugged Android handhelds we’ve covered in recent years — the RTC-600A is equipped with a 1.5GHz, dual-core Cortex-A9 TI OMAP4470 SoC. It also similarly provides 1GB RAM, 16GB flash, and a microSD slot.

RTC-600A from an angle

The 5.7-inch, 1280 x 720-pixel screen offers backlighting, 420 nits of brightness, and 178°C viewing angles. It’s protected with Gorilla Glass, and the entire device is shielded from ingress per IP67. The handheld also provides extended temperature operation to -20 to 50°C, as well as Mil-STD-810G compliant vibration and drop resistance.

RTC-600A side detail views
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Standard wireless features include WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Depending on the SKU, however, you’ll get a 3G radio, and the GPS can be upgraded with GLONASS and AGPS support (see chart below). The RTC-600A is further equipped with a 5-megapixel camera and a 1D barcode scanner. A 2D scanner and NFC-compatible RFID are also included on some SKUs.

RTC-600A SKU chart
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The RTC-600A features light, G-, and gyro sensors, plus a vibrator and various function and scanner keys. The device ships with USB host and micro-USB ports, and audio features including a 3.5mm jack, speaker, mic, and volume keys. A docking connector is available for an optional docking station.

The device has a DC input, as well as a pair of hot-swappable 7.4V, 1530mAh Li-Ion batteries, with each one giving you eight hours, according to the datasheet. The announcement, however, pushes this to 10 hours, depending on usage, and claims up to eight days of standby time.

RTC-600A accessories

Below are key specifications for the RTC-600A. For details on options, see SKU chart above:


  • Processor – Texas Instruments OMAP4470 (2x Cortex-A9 cores @ 1.5GHz); PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Memory:
    • 1GB RAM
    • 16GB eMMC flash
    • MicroSD slot
  • Display:
    • 5.7-inch, 1280 x 720 projected capacitive multi-touch touchscreen
    • 420 nits
    • ≥ 87% light transmission
    • 178°C/178°C viewing angles
    • LED backlight
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11a/b/g/n (5GHz/2.4GHz
    • Bluetooth 3.0 with BLE and 1PA
    • Optional WCDMA/CDMA 3G (850/1900/2100MHz) with SIM card slot
    • GPS with optional GLONASS, Beidou, AGPS
  • Imaging:
    • 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash
    • BCS 1D scanner CMOS engine and optional 2D scanner LED engine
    • Optional HF RFID based on 13.56MHz (compatible with NFC)
  • Sensors:
    • Light
    • G-sensor
    • 3-axis digital gyroscope
    • Vibrator
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 2.0 host port
    • Micro-USB port
    • 3.5mm audio headphone jack
    • Docking connector
  • Other standard features – Speaker; mic; volume keys; 2x barcode scan triggers; function keys; screw hole; LED
  • Other optional features – Cables; docking station; shoulder strap; carry bag
  • Ruggedization:
    • Operating temperature — -20 to 50°C (battery discharging); -20 to 40°C (battery charging)
    • Water and dust resistance — IP67
    • Drop resistance — Mil-STD-810G-516.6, Procedure IV
    • Vibration resistance – Mil-STD-810G-514.6, Procedure I
    • ESD resistance — Air +/- 8KV , Contact +/- 4KV
  • Power/battery:
    • AC input 100V-240V, 50Hz-60Hz
    • DC output: 12V
    • DC in jack
    • 2x hot-swappable 7.4V, 1530mAh Li-Ion batteries (internal slave, external master)
    • 8-hour battery life
  • Weight with battery — 430 g to 495 g, depending on options (see SKU chart)
  • Dimensions — 210 x 105 x 28 x 22mm
  • Operating system — Android 4.2

Further information

No pricing or availability information was provided for the RTC-600A. More information may be found on Aaeon’s RTC-600A product page.

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