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Tim’s Hardware Review: Honeywell Handhelds Offer Effortless Migration to Android

Written by Tim Ingles
October 3, 2019

Honeywell's latest handheld devices deliver leading hardware solutions for warehouse mobility.

Honeywell’s latest handheld devices deliver leading hardware solutions for warehouse mobility.Honeywell Handheld Devices

Honeywell Handheld Devices

Honeywell has been bringing their A-game when it comes to new cutting-edge mobile hardware. How do Honeywell’s latest devices fit into your warehouse operations? Let’s find out.

In this review, I’m going to be talking about the Honeywell Dolphin CK65 and Dolphin CN80 mobile computers, and the vehicle-mounted Thor VM1A.

The Dolphin CK65 and Dolphin CN80 are both mobile computers ideal for all your regular workflows, like receiving, picking, put away, cycle counting and more. Honeywell’s Thor VM1A is a heavy duty vehicle-mounted computer ideal for warehouses, manufacturing, ports and intermodal environments.

Before diving into the nuts and bolts, let’s take a moment to talk about why you should be considering a hardware refresh with these Honeywell handheld devices.

With Win Mobile in Sunset, Honeywell Offers Effortless Migration

Microsoft has been phasing out many legacy mobile operating systems. Embedded CE 5.0, Embedded 8.1 Handheld and Embedded Handheld 6.5 have already passed into obsolescence.

If you are still running Windows on your handhelds, it’s time to migrate onto the latest Android OS to ensure the future viability and security of your mobile hardware. This also applies to devices running Android versions 4-6.

If you want to read more about why to upgrade your hardware to run the latest Android OS, I highly suggest you read either Migrate Before It’s Too Late, Say Goodbye to Windows Mobile, and 5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Hardware on RFgen’s Mobile Supply Chain Blog.

To make this transition as easy as possible, Honeywell devices come with Mobility Edge™. This platform future-proofs your Honeywell devices with seamless support through Android R. We’ll talk about that more later.

Dolphin CK65 Mobile Computer: All-Purpose Powerhouse

Honeywell's multi-purpose powerhouse Dolphin CK65 mobile handheld computer running RFgen software.

Introduced mid-year 2019, the Honeywell CK65 handheld is an all-around upgrade for the popular CK3X/R. The CK65 comes equipped with a faster processor, more RAM, a larger screen (4” up from 3.5”), a better Wi-Fi card to connect with wireless infrastructure, near/far scanning functionality, extended battery life (18 hours) and a longer drop spec (8 feet, up from 5 feet with CK3X/R).

This mid-range handheld is still rugged and provides any of the core features you would need from an ultra-rugged device.

Form Factor: Rugged
OS: Latest Android release*
Replaces: Honeywell Dolphin CK3X/R
Features: Long- and short-range scanning, 8-foot drop to concrete, IP64 ratings for dust/water spray
Variants: Cold storage model available in late 2019

*Includes Honeywell’s Mobility Edge™.


Why I Love the Dolphin CK65

  • Multi-functional for scanning, keying, 13MP photos and 4” touchscreen
  • Optimal TCO through durability, multi-use, 18-hour battery life and future proof (through Mobility Edge™)
  • Easy to use with fingers, gloves, stylus on vivid 4” screen or when scanning barcodes near and far
  • Does it all: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, High-res photos, support for VOIP, VPN and Push to Talk (PTT), and universally-compatible accessories
  • Future-proofs your Android OS for years to come, ensuring you don’t have to worry about your hardware going obsolete

You can read the full spec sheet here »

Dolphin CN80 Mobile Computer: Cutting-Edge Tech

Honeywell's high-tech Dolphin CN80 mobile handheld computer running RFgen software.

Honeywell’s CN80 mobile computer is every techie’s dream. With a huge touch screen, the CN80 takes advantage of top-level mobile technology to deliver a sleek product. The CN80 is also better-built to handle more rugged environments than the CK65. But that doesn’t mean the CN80 sacrifices computing power for ruggedization. Instead, the ultra-rugged Dolphin CN80 delivers a double payload of performance and durability.

Form Factor: Ultra-rugged
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat, upgradable through Android Q*
Replaces: N/A
Features: Long-range scanning, 8-foot drop to concrete, IP64/IP67 ratings for dust/water spray
Variants: Cold storage and non-incendive models available

*Includes Honeywell’s Mobility Edge™.


Why I Love the Dolphin CN80

  • Lightning fast with a durable 4.2” multi-touch screen AND 23- or 40-key physical keyboard
  • Use it anywhere: ideal for warehouse, cold storage, field mobility and challenging environments
  • Durable for days: ultra-rugged form factor resists drops, tumbles, dust, water and more
  • Flexible construction means the CN80 easily switches between handheld and pistol grip
  • Future-proofs your Android OS for years to come, ensuring you don’t have to worry about your hardware going obsolete

To learn more, take a look at the Honeywell spec sheet »

Thor VM1A Vehicle-Mount Computer: Smart Vehicle Mobility

Honeywell's Thor VM1A vehicle-mount device running RFgen software.

The Thor VM1A rugged vehicle-mounted computer brings the advantages of Android OS and Mobility Edge™ to your vehicle and forklifts. Thor VM1A is Ideal for use in any environment that moves pallets of inventory with fork trucks, especially warehouse and distribution. When used with the SmartDock, the VM1A can be mounted and dismounted in seconds without capable, making it very flexible and easy to use.

Form Factor: Rugged
OS: Android O, upgradable to Android R*
Replaces: Thor VM1 / CV41
Features: Multi-use, SmartDock, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, field-replaceable front panel
Variants: N/A

*Includes Honeywell’s Mobility Edge™.


Why I Love the Thor VM1A

  • Safety-oriented: connected to the forklift battery, enabling the screen to go blank or shut down to prevent distracted driving
  • Add a scanner like the ultra-rugged Granite 1980i and 1981i, which acts as an imager/barcode scanning component for the VM1A
  • Low TCO built-in using field-replaceable front panels to save maintenance time and increase lifespan
  • Integrates with advanced warehousing, such as RFgen Warehouse Director that can intelligently route trucks along optimized paths and prevent aisle collisions
  • Easy mount and dismount using the SmartDock, meaning no cables are needed when workers take the device on foot or remount it on the vehicle

Download the spec sheet »

Mobility Edge™: The #1 Reason to Buy Honeywell

Honeywell’s Mobility Edge™ platform is a major advantage for companies needing mobile hardware. Mobility Edge™ future-proofs your device to ensure your device works now and in the future. Essentially, it gives you the ability to easily upgrade Android to the latest version on existing devices instead of constantly replacing your handhelds. If your devices are running Android O, Mobility Edge™ enables you to upgrade that hardware all the way through Android R without having to replace the physical device itself.

This program also provides support in the way of device repair and replacement.

Honeywell’s CK65 accessories are universal and backward-compatible from the CK3x, including batteries, pistol grips, charging stations, vehicle holsters and more. Replacing an existing Honeywell device doesn’t always require re-buying accessories with every refresh.

Transitioning from Windows OS to Android is effortless with Honeywell, too.

For existing Honeywell users, moving between devices and operating systems is a simple, painless process and the status quo.

Want to learn more about what Honeywell hardware can do for you? Let’s chat.