Rugged Handheld Electronic Market 2020-2024: Size, Technology, Emerging Trends, Impact Analysis of COVID-19, Future Growth, Top Companies

Global Rugged Handheld Electronic Devices Market Research Report: by Product Type (Smartphones and Tablets, Mobile Computers, Reader/Scanner, Others), End-User (Manufacturing Units, Retail, Transportation and Logistics, Military and Defense, Others) and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World) – Forecast to 2024

Market Snapshot

The Global Rugged Handheld Electronic Device Market was valued at USD 7.35 billion in 2018; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.71% during the forecast period of 2019–2024. In 2018, North America dominated the rugged handheld electronic devices market with a market share of 47.7% and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period 2019–2024 followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific.

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One of the major factors driving the market is the rising demand for IoT devices. The growth of industry 4.0 is dependent upon rugged handheld devices with features such damage-resistant screens, industrial strength frames, and shock- and vibration-resistant solid-state drives (SSDs), that can be used in production units, production floors, construction sites and also for public safety. Moreover, the government standards are also boosting the market as various military operations involve communication channels which are owned by the government. Government approval and contracts are often required in order to manufacture devices which use these communication channels. Devices need to meet certain standards of ruggedness to be certified as rugged devices; such initiatives and continuous advancement in these devices and technology also drives the market growth.

Rugged handheld electronic devices are used in various industries including automotive, retail, agriculture, construction, oil & gas, military and defense, and aerospace due to their ability to withstand harsh environment and their ability to communicate the information without interruption in real time. There are various types of rugged handheld electronic devices such as scanners, tablets, smartphones, and mobile computers, which are used for various end-use applications across industries.

Companies Covered

The key players of global rugged handheld electronic devices market are Handheld Group(Sweden), Panasonic Corporation(Japan), Datalogic SpA(Italy), Zebra Technologies(US), Honeywell International, Inc. (US), Advantech Co., Ltd(Taiwan), Getac Technology Corp.(Taiwan), Juniper Systems Inc.(US), TouchStar PLC(UK), CIPHERLAB Co., Ltd(Taiwan)  among others.  Global Rugged Handheld Electronic Devices Market, by Type, 2018 vs 2024 (USD Million)

Currently, various types of rugged handheld electronic devices, such as mobile computers, readers, scanners, and smartphones are available in the market. These rugged devices are used in industries where normal devices cannot operate, as these devices are designed in such a way that they can withstand harsh conditions including shock and vibration, corrosion, acoustic noise reduction, and electromagnetic conditions. The smartphones and tablets accounted for the largest market share in 2018; it is expected to be the fastest growing segment during the forecast period of 2019–2024.

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There are several rugged phones in the market such as CAT S61, CAT S41, Sonim XP8, Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1, Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2, and Blackview BV9000 Pro. Rugged smartphones differ from normal smartphones in their ability to withstand various environmental conditions and offer protection against high temperature, water, dust, and vibration.

Regional Analysis

The global rugged handheld electronic devices market, by region, has been segmented into Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa, and South America. The North American region has a well-established infrastructure which allows faster implementation of advanced technologies. North America accounts for the largest market for rugged handheld electronic devices globally, due to the presence of various key players in the region including Honeywell International Inc., Zebra Technologies Corporation and Juniper Systems, Inc. The early adoption of the technology in the region has played a vital role in the growth of the market. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to hold a significant share. China is expected to dominate the market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Key Developments 

In May 2019, Cipher Lab has launched the RS51 series to help users to collect and deliver accurate data for transportation and logistics, direct store delivery, and field mobility industries. The devices in the RS51 series are equipped with 1D/2D barcode reader, NFC, and RFID functions.In April 2019, Juniper Systems Inc. has launched two rugged handheld computers namely the Allegro 3 rugged handheld computer and the Archer 3 rugged handheld computer. Allegro 3 is equipped with a faster processor, large memory capacity, 4G LTE capability, and Android 7.1 Nougat platform; and is designed for applications that require alpha-numeric keyboard input. On the other hand, Archer 3 is designed for single-handed data entry.

In November 2018, Cipher Lab launched the RK25 rugged mobile computer with high speed, accuracy, and durability for operating various functions in data entry. The RK25 combines big display screens with physical keypads to allow users to capture and enter huge volumes of data easily.

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In September 2018, Getac Technology Corp. launched a fully rugged high-performance tablet that offers multi-mode usage via detachable keyboard dock. The K120 can be used as a tablet or attached with a keyboard dock allowing it to be used as a full-function laptop.In July 2018, Getac Technology Corp. partnered with Ci Distribution sell its ruggedized range of products for the military and law enforcement applications that require sturdy devices.

In March 2018, Honeywell International, Inc. launched Dolphin CN80, a next-generation ultra-rugged handheld computer, built on the company’s mobility edge platform. This handheld computer is designed for distribution centers and field mobility applications such as pickup-and-delivery and direct store delivery.

Market Segmentation

By Product Type: Smartphones and Tablets, Mobile Computers, Reader/Scanner, Others

By End User: Manufacturing Industries, Retail, Transportation and Logistics, Military & Defense, Government, Others

By Region: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world

Key questions addressed by the report

What was the historic market size (2018)?

Which segmentation (Product Type / End User is driving market?

What will be the growth rate by 2024?

What are the strategies adopted by key players?

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