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Symbol PDT 8046 Handheld Mobile Computer

Symbol PDT 8046 Handheld Mobile Computer

The PDT 8046 is the newest Pocket PC from Symbol. A hand held computer second to none, the PDT 8046 combines wireless transmissions with data capture in a convenient, comfortable package. The PDT 8046 features an Intel Xscale processor and a Windows OS. Amazing performance is the result, rendering business application demands fulfilled rapidly.
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Rugged Mobile Computing, Maximum Mobility

The PDT 8046 from Symbol Technologies is a compact, ergonomic Pocket PC mobile computing device with integrated wireless communications and bar code data capture. Created to meet the needs of mobile workers, the PDT 8046 is rugged enough for use anywhere along the supply chain, and provides the speed, power and functionality needed to effectively manage data at the point of activity.

Features and Functionality

The PDT 8046 features the Intel® XScale processor and the Microsoft® Pocket PC operating system. This combination, plus the custom Symbol ASIC, enables the PDT 8046 to deliver the high performance, low power consumption and fast throughput business applications demand. Flexible memory options, a crisp, color VGA display—the largest available in this product class — and a host of enhanced multimedia capabilities provide the capacity for advanced mobile solutions and application flexibility.

The PDT 8046 offers Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) specifically GPRS and dual-mode GPRS/WLAN options, or Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) communication options, enabling the delivery of information when and where it's needed—whether it's checking on an order while at a customer site or downloading route data prior to driver departure. And, with its integrated bar code scanner, touch-screen and 23-key keypad, the PDT 8046 facilitates convenient data management for any job, which translates into increased accuracy and enhanced productivity.

Durable and Dependable

Designed to exceed real-life use and abuse, the PDT 8046 is one of the most rugged handheld computing devices available. It is shock tested and built to survive multiple 5 ft./1.5 m drops to concrete, and sealed against dust and moisture to industry standard IP54. The world-class durability and operational dependability of the PDT 8046 reduces down time and helps ensure maximum return on investment.

Reliability, functionality and flexibility make the PDT 8046 the device of choice for mobile businesses in a variety of industries. It is ideal for route accounting and supply chain applications and has quickly become a top mobile solution in retail, government and logistics. An extensive line of accessories and peripherals enables a complete solution for a broad range of application needs.

To learn how the PDT 8046 can work for you, or to find out more about Symbol's products and services, contact us at any of the locations listed on the back panel, or visit www.symbol.com/mobile.

PDT 8046 Features

PDT 8046 Benefits

Rugged construction

Durable enough to operate in harsh environments and tolerate the rigors of everyday use

WLAN, WWAN, or WPAN communication

Efficient information exchange for maximum productivity

WWAN: GPRS and dual-mode GPRS/WLAN support

Anytime, anywhere wireless connectivity beyond the enterprise

Integrated Symbol scan engine

High-performance data capture minimizes input error

Intel® XScale™ PXA250 processor @ 400 MHz

Premium performance and functionality including support for video and audio

Microsoft® Pocket PC 2002

Familiar, flexible platform for users and developers; upgradeable for investment protection

128 MB RAM/64 MB ROM

Ample storage capacity for data and applications

3.9 in./99mm, 1/4 VGA color display

Large, bright, easy to read display for indoor and outdoor use

User-accessible CompactFlash™ card slot

Expand memory or functionality

IrDA and RS-232 ports

Enables data transfer to peripherals such as printers

USB client

"Plug and play" connectivity with USB V1.1

PDT 8046 Series Specification Highlights

PDT 8046 Physical Characteristics:


Overall: 7.25 in. L x 3.6 in. W x 1.75 in. D 184 mm L x 91.4 mm W x 44.5 mm D

Grip Area:

3.53 in. W x 1.35 in. D 89.7 mm W x 34.3 mm D

Weight (including battery):

17.5 oz /496 g (batch version) 20.8 oz /589 g (WLAN version) 23 oz/652 g (WWAN version)

Drop Specification:

5 ft. / 1.5 m to concrete

Tumble Specification:

.5M: 3000 Cycles (6000 drops) 1M: 750 Cycles (1500 drops)


3.9 in./99 mm, 1/4 VGA (320 x 240 portrait) with 64k color


7.4 V 1130 mAh lithium-ion

Environmental Sealing:

IP54 (industry standard for dust and water sealing)

Operating Temperature:

14º to 122º F/-10º to 50º C (or better depending on the application)

Storage Temperature:

-13º to 158º F/-25º to 70º C


5% to 90% relative humidity (noncondensing)

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD):

8 kVdc air; 4 kVdc contact

Expansion Capabilities:

Type 2 PC (internal); Type 2 CF (user-accessible)

Back-lit Display:

Yes, CCFL (color)



PDT 8046 Performance Characteristics:


Intel® XScale™ @ 400 MHz

Operating Platform:

Microsoft® Pocket PC 2002 Premium Edition


128 MB RAM/64 MB ROM

Application Development:

Fully compatible with Microsoft SDK for Pocket PCs; Symbol SDK available to support bar code scanning


IrDA 1.1; RS-232, USB V1.1

Wireless Data Communications

Wireless Local Area Network:

Optional IEEE standards-based Spectrum24 802.11b

Wireless Wide Area Network:

Optional GPRS, dual mode WLAN/WWAN

Data Rate:

11 Mbps (direct sequence)

Frequency Range:

Country dependent; typically 2.4 to 2.5 GHz

Output Power:

100 mW U.S.; 100 mW international

Antenna (Internal):


Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN):

Optional 3rd party Socket Bluetooth™ module

PDT 8046 Peripherals and Accessories


1-slot serial charge cradle w/spare battery charging; 1-slot modem cradle w/spare battery charging; 4-slot USB/Ethernet charge cradle w/spare battery charging; 4-slot charge cradle with and without spare battery charging; Vehicle cradle (spare battery charge, terminal charger data interface)

Communication and Charging Cables:

DEX cable; auto-charge cable; serial/charge cable; printer cables; USB charge cable


Integrated, plus headset jack, voice recognition capable

Magnetic Stripe Reader:

Snap-on serial connection swipe reader attachment

4-Slot Universal Battery Charger (UBC):

Simultaneous charge of 1-4 batteries; requires adapters for PDT 8046 batteries

PDT 8046 Other Accessories:

Snap-on land line modem; carrying case; portable printer (8.5 in. format) with terminal slot

PDT 8046 Regulatory:

Electrical Safety:

Certified to UL 1950, CSA C22.2 No 950, EN60950/IEC950


FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B, European Union EMC Directive, Australian SMA

Laser Safety:

CDRH Class II, IEC Class 2

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