In order to catch up with the competition, Zebra is launching successors of the TC51, TC56, TC70x, TC75x, and MC18. Common features of the new mobile terminals are the eight-core 64-bit Snapdragon 660 processor, 4 GB RAM and 32 GB flash memory, 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip, Bluetooth 5.0 with BLE support, support for minimum of three versions of the Android OS, starting with Android 8.1 Oreo, design almost unrecognizable to its predecessors and accessories compatible with its predecessors.
Specifically, these are the following types of devices:
- TC52 - TC51 successor, Wi-Fi only
- TC57 - successor TC56, Wi-Fi + LTE-A / VoLTE
- TC72 - successor TC70x, Wi-Fi only
- TC77 - successor TC75x, Wi-Fi + LTE-A / VoLTE
- PS20 - successor MC18 - Base and Plus
Starting with Android 8.1, Zebra only releases GMS (Google Mobile Services) builds within each BSP build. Users previously used AOSP builds have the option to turn off Google applications and services using StageNow / MX.
Another device specific innovations include, for example,
- Support for Digimarc invisible codes reading (T52, TC57, TC72, PS20 Plus)
- Atmospheric pressure sensor (TC77)
- Front-facing camera with visible light spectrum communication (VLC) support - usable for indoor locationing (except PS20 Base)
The software features of all new terminals include the WorryFree WiFi utility for WiFi setup and troubleshooting.
Zebra is not yet planning to stop the previous terminal types. For example, for TC7X, three generations of devices remain available: TC70, TC70x and TC72 (Wi-Fi only), respectively. TC75, TC75x, and TC77 (Wi-Fi + WWAN).