Janam Rugged Handheld Computer Lets Users Run Windows or Android

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-01-30

The new Janam XM5 handheld is a rugged device that's a cross between a large smartphone and a small tablet computer. That just-right size enables field workers in tough environmental and weather conditions to make mobile calls, send and receive emails and texts, scan RFID tags and barcodes, and perform other functions from anywhere when the work just has to get done. The Janam XM5 stands out from other rugged devices thanks to a key feature—a company can buy the handhelds loaded with the Windows Embedded Handheld (WEH) 6.5 operating system and then can later have them converted to run Android 4.2 if the enterprise wants to switch platforms without having to buy new hardware. The XM5 is a phablet-like handheld mobile device, with 4G, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities to allow users to communicate via voice, email, text or through the Internet. Aimed at mobile workers in field sales, product service, public safety, transportation and logistics markets, the XM5 lists for $1,595 to $2,495, depending on its configuration. See more of its key features in this eWEEK slide show.


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