Global Rugged Handheld Device Market — Market Size, Industry Trends and Forecasts 2025

by Agastya Bellamkonda Business Consulting

Rugged handheld devices are a particular class of electronic device, specially designed to work in the tough environment; these devices can withstand extreme temperatures, dust, water and vibrations and are smaller than a tablet and a laptop.

Rugged smartphones offer faster navigation through a touchscreen than keyboard or mouse and are lightweight.

These devices are for rough handling and are preferred by field personnel in various enterprises.

The use of rugged mobile computing devices across all the markets segments such as industrial, governmental, military and commercial is increasing owing to their compatibility with a challenging work environment.

The global rugged handheld device market was USD 2.97 billion in 2018 and is estimated to reach USD 4.16 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 4.93% during the forecast period.

Growth by Region

North America held a major share for handheld rugged device market in 2018 and will dominate during the forecast period.

The presence of major key industry players and also the adoption of rugged electronics solutions by various industry verticals is expected to boost the market in the region.

Europe is anticipated to follow North America is owing to the presence of local industry players and growing awareness.

Europe is expected to be followed by the Asia Pacific in terms of market share.

Growth of the Asia Pacific handheld rugged electronics market is accountable to countries such as China, India, and Japan, while South-East Asian countries have also contributed substantially to the region’s growth.

Drivers VS Constraints

The key growth factor for handheld rugged device market isis the increasing use of electronic components in military applications.

As there is a critical need for reliable communication systems in combat operations and warfare, handheld rugged electronics are able to fulfil this need.

Additionally, the increasing popularity of Android OS in rugged devices is boosting the rugged handheld devices market.

Being cost-effective when compared to Windows, the Android OS offers a simpler user interface and is an open-source that is easily available to end-users.

Also, the value of handheld rugged devices durability and low downtime is expected to enhance the market’s growth prospects However, the market is expected to be hindered by the low order quantity from individual end-users.

Also, the high cost of rugged electronics in comparison to the benefits of client customization is also expected to be a major restraint to the growth of the global rugged electronics market.

Industry Trends and Updates

  • Intermec was acquired by Honeywell in 2013. Honeywell is concentrating on the development of cross-platform Handheld Computers.
  • The Honeywell CN75 and CN75e mobile computers provide the choice of a Windows or Android operating system on a single device to meet changing enterprise business demands.
  • Data logic is committed to extending its support to Windows CE6/WEC 7 and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 (WEHH 6.5) until the year 2022, it has also started developing Android-based mobile computers in 2015.
  • Its DL-Axist™ PDA is a rugged full touch Enterprise-Class PDA with Android technology and an excellent display.

Companies Mentioned


Zebra Technologies


Handheld Group


TouchStar Technologies

Juniper Systems



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