Trimble revamps Recon handheld

Trimble has announced the release of an improved version of its Recon outdoor rugged handheld computer'without a price increase.

The Recon features a new display and a PowerBoot Module with increased battery capacity, longer battery life and shorter charging time.

The upgraded handheld had increased the battery capacity from 3,800mAh to 4,000mAh. The Recon now also indicates when the battery is at full capacity, preventing overcharging and prolonging the battery's life, according to Trimble representatives.

Its screen is now a high-resolution, Quarter Video Graphics Array display that's readable in sunlight, the company said.

The Recon meets Mil-Std-810F military standards for drops, vibration and temperature extremes, the company said. It weighs 17 ounces, runs Windows Mobile 6 and includes familiar applications such as Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and PowerPoint Mobile.

The price for the improved Recon will not increase, the company added.

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