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This Android smartphone and barcode reader comes in a 10-oz. package

Rugged computer maker Janam Technologies on Wednesday announced the XT2, a 10-oz. rugged device with a 5-in. touchscreen that runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop).

The device could be called a rugged smartphone, since it comes with many smartphone features, including voice. It supports GSM and GPRS radio signals for voice, as well as 4G LTE for data -- with a Chrome browser. But Janam also added in a Zebra barcode-scanning feature, the ability to withstand 5-foot drops and immersion in up to three feet of water.

Instead of referring to it as a smartphone, Janam instead calls the XT2 a rugged touch computer and claims it is the lightest and most rugged in its class. Janam CEO Harry Lerner said it is "as sleek as a smartphone … with the most advanced technologies to meet the diverse needs of virtually any mobile worker."

The device can also be used as an RFID and NFC reader, which gives it full-purpose capabilities for warehouse operation along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. It has a 3,000 mAh battery and an 8-megapixel front camera and a 2-megapixel rear camera. It runs a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8916 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz, with 2GB memory and 16GB of internal storage. It also includes a micro SD storage expansion slot.

Pricing depends on the device configuration and can range from $1,000 to $2,000, but higher volume deals would bring the price for each unit to well below $1,000, Janam said.

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