On March 9, 2009, Motorola introduced the MC55 EDA stands for Enterprise Digital Assistant, a highly durable, yet small smart phone, which has the ability to survive even when it drops, which will be displayed during next week's IWCE show in Las Vegas.
The MC55 combines a cell phone, a bar code scanner, a camera, a walkie talkie and a mobile computer all into one small and handy device. It's far tougher than any commercial market PDA because it can handle 1.2 m (4 ft) drop to concrete. The operating temperature range is a a wide 14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Motorola also quotes a tumble spec where the devices survive 250 1.6 foot tumbles. Sealed with IP54 specifications meaning means it is protected against dust intrusion and protected against water spray from all directions.
The MC55 has 128 MB RAM and 256 MB of ROM enabling the devices to use of database applications, ability to store data captured by the devices' 1D/2D bar-code scanning capability or the optional, 2-megapixel color camera.
The new MC55 comes in two versions - The 5590 model designed for employee workers who work within indoor and the 5574 model is designed for outdoor.
The indoor has 26-key phone-style keypad, need Wi-Fi, Need Bluetooth connections, no GPS or wireless WAN voice and data capability and with a starting price of $1,695 whereas the outdoor has a 44-key full QWERTY thumb-type keyboard, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, wireless WAN capability and GPS with a starting price of $2,395.