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Handheld built for the on-demand economy

18 June 2019

Zebra has released the rugged Android-based MC9300 mobile computer and TC8300 touch computer.

As the next evolution of the MC9000 series, said to be the world’s best-selling enterprise-class mobile computer, the MC9300 is designed to enable businesses to modernise their mobile solutions to keep up with the growing demands of eCommerce while shortening training time, improving fulfillment speed and accuracy.

Designed to give a performance edge to those on the front lines of business in warehouses, manufacturing, logistics and back-of-store retail environments, the MC9300 is built for inventory management, receiving/put-away, returns processing, cross docking, quality control, parts tracking and price audit applications. Its scanning technology can read direct part marks (DPM), dot peen and laser-etched barcodes and quickly capture 1D or 2D barcodes in virtually any condition and from three inches to as far as 70 feet, providing the flexibility to scan items in small bins or pallets on the uppermost warehouse racks. In addition, the MC9300’s PowerPrecision+ 7000mAh battery is said to deliver the most battery power in its class.

The MC9300 is Zebra’s most powerful handheld platform and the most rugged device in its class. It is also virtually water-, drop-, dust- and tumble-proof. For challenging cold-storage environments, one MC9300 model features a system of heaters and a freezer-rated battery for frost-free operations. A Class 1 Division 2 (C1D2) model for use in hazardous locations is also available. 

“With more than 3.2 million MC9000 mobile computers sold since 2003, Zebra took its best-selling and most trusted enterprise-class mobile computer and made it better by providing businesses with an easy migration path from Windows to Android,” said Joe White, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Mobile Computing, Zebra Technologies. “We improved the ergonomics and added more than 20 new features to enhance application and accessory performance, user comfort, ease of use, ruggedness, data capture flexibility and device management.”

The device uses the Android operating system (OS), physical keyboards and a full touch screen. The 4.3-inch touch screen is protected by Gorilla Glass and comes with a choice of six keypads. The device includes the latest Qualcomm chipset that supports an extensible platform for application development and assures a minimum of two Android OS upgrades for a significantly lower TCO. It also has an optional front and back camera to capture highly detailed photos and videos to document proof of condition and proof of compliance. 

As Microsoft prepares to end support for existing Windows Embedded Handheld/CE 7 devices in 2020 and 2021 respectively, the MC9300 provides the best path to transition from legacy Windows OS to Android. The MC9300 also comes pre-loaded with a Terminal Emulation (TE) application designed to take advantage of the graphical capabilities of the device while easily supporting traditional “green screen” use for seamless migration and reduced deployment times. 

The MC9300 is available with Zebra’s Mobility DNA suite of end-user applications, application development tools and utilities that transform Android into an enterprise-ready OS. With a Zebra OneCare contract, businesses can leverage Zebra’s LifeGuard for Android software security solution that provides predictable security/patch updates that match enterprise hardware lifecycles, simplifies OS transitions and extends the life of mobile investments.

The MC9300 was designed to maintain its reliability through longer component lifecycles, longer lasting batteries as well as its survivability, availability and support over many years. With the objective to re-use rather than to replace, the MC9300 is backwards-compatible with existing charging infrastructure via an adapter reducing electronic waste.


Leveraging the same design and form factor as the TC8000, the TC8300 is optimised for picking and augmented reality (AR)-based applications. It also uses the same Qualcomm chipset as the MC9300 for an extended lifecycle and is available with the Mobility DNA software suite and LifeGuard for Android support as well as DPM capabilities.