Symbol Rolls Out New Handheld

New handheld combines imaging capabilities with voice over WLAN support.

Symbol 8146 Handheld
Symbol Technologies Inc. on Tuesday announced a ruggedized handheld computer that combines imaging capabilities with voice over WLAN support.

The Symbol PDT 8146 Imaging Computer runs Microsoft Corp.s Pocket PC Premium Edition on a 32-bit Xscale processor from Intel Corp. It includes a color screen, a backlit keyboard and a rechargeable lithium ion battery.

The voice over IP is run on a separate processor, and it works in the background even while other applications are running, said officials at the Holtsville, N.Y., company.

The imaging system is a tiny bar code scanner, measuring one-fifth of a cubic inch.

As with most Symbol handhelds, the 8146 is designed to withstand extreme temperatures and drops from high places.

It is available immediately, with pricing ranging from $2,695 to $3,295.

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