The Zebra TC51 mobile computer proved valuable to many of Avalon Integration’s customers—in manufacturing, warehouses, distribution centers, and for field mobility. Looking every bit like a smartphone, the TC51 provided far more ruggedness and computing power than anything in its class. Then, Zebra upped the game and launched the TC52 which delivers a whole new gold standard in enterprise-touch computing.
Our curious techs recently took a close look at Zebra’s next-gen mobile computer to see what more it can offer. Here’s what we found.
Android is a Smart OS Choice for the Zebra TC52
Let’s face it. A majority of your workers are familiar with Android. They use it on their personal technology. So, why not take advantage of this common platform and streamline the training required for enterprise use? With Android poised to gain market share—the result of both its own advances and the demise of Microsoft Windows Mobile for business use—this platform will give you ease of use, quick user adoption, a large developer community, and the higher level of security you need to protect your data.
Zebra pre-installs Mobility Extensions (Mx) on its handheld computers. This fortified Android integrates government-grade, AES-256 data encryption.
The View Is Great
The TC52 features a 5-inch display, plenty of room for viewing apps, even the graphics-intensive ones. The screen is designed to give you maximum readability, even when you’re working outside on a sunny day.
The dual-mode capacitive touchscreen lets you input data using a stylus or your finger, including one that is gloved. The fingerprint-resistant, anti-smudge coating prevents all the annoying marks that build up there.
Zebra also integrated six programmable soft keys. Program them to allow one-touch access to the most frequently used apps and features.
To keep this productivity power tool in action, Zebra incorporates a PowerPrecision+ high-capacity battery. Get 14 hours from one charge, and the warm swap innovation allows you to change the battery without powering down the device.
Image and Data Capture Are Superior
For enterprise use, the power to take photos and videos, scan barcodes, and do video calls is important. Zebra gets that. The TC52 has two cameras. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera enables video calling. The 13-megapixel rear camera provides high-resolution images, great for documenting proof-of-condition and viewing schematics to improve efficiency.
Whether you’re scanning 1D, 2D, or Digimarc barcodes or grabbing signatures or text, the integrated PRZM Intelligent Imaging feature allows for faster data capture. The TC52’s omnidirectional scanning means the user doesn’t need to precisely line up the device with the barcode, which accelerates the process. And the scanner easily reads barcodes that are scratched, damaged, poorly printed, and on an electronic screen, a real boost for your mobile workforce productivity.
The TC52 is Built to last
Zebra’s hardware is known for its ruggedness, and the TC52 is a perfect example. The unibody design presents bodyguard-level protection. IP65 and IP67 sealing keep dust, dirt, and other unwanted particles from getting to the inner workings of the mobile computer.
The touchscreen and imager window use Corning Gorilla Glass, coated with water droplet rejection. This feature gives outstanding protection against scratching, cracking, and shattering. All of these rugged design enhancements contribute to a device that can handle drops on concrete, tumbles inside a service vehicle, exposure to water, snow, and rain, and the dusty conditions of a demanding workspace.
There’s a lot more to love about the Zebra TC52. In our next article, we’ll look at the Mobility DNA that elevates the value of this rugged industrial computer and expedites the ROI.