At last, a consumer device fit for business

Toughshield, the global provider of rugged enterprise devices, has announced the release of its newest rugged smartphone, the R500+. Bridging a gap in the mobile computing market, the R500+ looks and feels like a consumer device but has the features of a rugged mobile computer.

The R500+ offers the same robust, lightweight consumer design of its R500 predecessor with the addition of a faster 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, greater onboard storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and an extended 3600 mAh battery option, making it ideal for enterprise use.

Unlike a consumer smartphone, the R500+ comes with Gorilla® Glass, is IP-67 and MIL - STD-810G rated against dust and water ingress and is designed to withstand multiple drops to concrete. Its ruggedised NFC-enabled design, combined with features such as dual SIM, Push-to-Talk and support for 1D/2D barcode scanning, make it ideal for a range of enterprise mobility applications including security guarding, field service, facilities management, domiciliary care, public sector, field workers and construction.

Commenting on the R500+, Strategic Planning Director, Mark Davis said "More and more enterprise customers are looking for the design and ease of use of a consumer smartphone, but with the rugged build and functionality normally only available in heavier and more expensive rugged mobile computers. The R500+ provides all of these features in a powerful rugged smartphone that also offers dual SIM to support bring your own device (BYOD) and workers that often travel abroad, in addition to a range of other business functionality."

The R500+ can be pre-ordered from Toughshield's Pan European distribution partner, ScanSource, with shipping scheduled for January 2014.

Find out more information and download a full specification here.

About Toughshield

Toughshield is a global provider of rugged enterprise devices, which offer a blend of consumer design and ease of use, combined with enterprise specific functionality and durability. These include the R500+, a ruggedised smartphone that bridges a gap in the mobile computing market between consumer smartphones and rugged enterprise mobility devices. The company continues to develop new rugged devices to meet the specific needs of mobile workers in a variety of sectors. The Toughshield team is ideally placed to address this market having broad experience of both the rugged enterprise mobility and consumer smartphone markets.

Toughshield is owned by a group of private equity investors, who have successfully launched and operated mobile telecommunications companies and technology businesses. Some of their current investments include Kazam, a pan European smartphone manufacturer, Fly Mobile, the number three mobile phone brand in Russia, NF Technology Limited, a research and development company specialising in developing and customising mobile phones and tablets, and Nichefinder (S'pore) PTE Limited, a technology procurement and supply company.

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