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What's the difference between Zebra’s TC57 and TC58 touch computers?

October 16, 2023

A Zebra TC57 vs. Zebra TC58 comparison will help you decide which of Zebra’s new rugged touch computers could be right for you and your company. As an upgrade to the very popular TC57, the TC58 has been designed as a replacement device, proving a faster, more rugged, and more flexible device.

Whilst the TC57 and TC58 may look quite similar, the two devices are miles apart when you start to look at the internals and their intended use cases. Understanding the difference between the two devices is important to ensure that when you build your device estate, your devices work with your business, colleagues, and their tasks.

TC57 Vs. TC58 - The Key Differences

In addition to the internal changes, the new TC53 and TC58 have been designed to work as flexible devices. These smart devices are able to fulfil multiple device rolls, such as; barcode scanners, mobile workstations, two-way radios, and even a hybrid Point-of-Sale (POS) station. Able to connect with everything required to create a complete on-demand POS: the monitor, payment terminal, mouse, keyboard, receipt printer, scanner, etc. 

The other notable addition is their parcel dimensioning with a single button press, this new feature can improve the accuracy of many business actions, including parcel processing, load planning, and trailer loading. Both devices now have an integrated Time of Flight depth sensor that collects accurate “legal for trade” parcel dimensions in just seconds with a simple press of a button.

Zebra TC57

The New - Zebra TC58

Processing Speed

2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

The Zebra TC57 possses a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 660 octa-core, 2.2 GHz processor that provides great performance on all voice and data apps.

2.7 GHz Qualcomm 6490

The new TC58 supports Qualcomm’s latest processor – which according to Qualcomm benchmarks, has a 90% boost in CPU and 400% boost in GPU compared with the TC57’s SD660 chipset. The result is significantly improved application loading and performance.

Display

5-Inch High Definition Display

Possessing a 5.0 in. (1280×720) High Definition; bright, outdoor viewable; optically bonded display, it is the perfect size for smaller tasks where you don’t need to view video, documents or schematics.

Bigger, Brighter 6-Inch Fhd+ Display

The TC58 features an industry-leading 6-inch full Full High Definition+ (1080 x 2160) 600 NITs display, the largest, highest resolution and brightest display in this product class. Screens are easy to read indoors and outside. It works when wet and workers can use a stylus or finger, with or without a glove—no need to change modes.

Connectivity

4G and Wi-Fi 5

Zebra’s TC57 is fitted with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi-5, providing a cost-effective solution to colleague connectivity.

5G and Wi-Fi 6E

The TC58 gives your colleagues the fastest speeds with both Wi-Fi 6E and 5G, providing cost-effective wireless connectivity in the largest indoor and outdoor facilities.

Ruggidity

4 ft/1.2m drops to tile over concrete

Multiple 4 ft/1.2m drops to tile over concrete -10°C to 50°C (14°F to 122°F)

5 ft/1.5m drops to tile over concrete​

The TC53/58 is approximately 10% thinner than previous TC5X devices. Its ergonomic design enables a bigger screen in a similar form factor. 5 ft./1.5 m drops to tile over concrete across temp range -10°C to 50°C with no protective covering.

Battery

4150 mAh, removable

The high capacity battery delivers up to 14 hours of power. With swappable batteries it is fast and easy — there’s no need to turn off the device or close active apps. And with fast charging, batteries are fully charged and ready to go in record time.

Unmatched Battery Technology, Including Hot Swap

The TC53/58 offers the broadest battery line-up, letting you choose the battery features and capacity that you need. The devices have a higher capacity standard battery, as well as an extended capacity battery available, providing more than enough power for the longest shifts, with hot-swap capability available.

Scanning Capabilities

SE4710 1D/2D Scan Engine

SE4710 imager (1D and 2D) with great range: Scan range – Code 39 barcode: 20 Mil: 2.0 in. to 30.0 in./5.08 cm to 76.2 cm 4 Mil: 3.3 in. to 8.8 in./8.4 cm to 22.4 cm

SE4720 1D/2D Scan Engine or SE55 1D/2D

The SE4720 1D/2D Scan Engine provides more reliable scanning than the SE4710 and the optional SE55 scanner provides a superior working range, intelligently adjusting to quickly capture barcodes in hand or across the room.

Utilisation in a POS System

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Innovative Expandable Solutions From Hybrid Pos to Mobile Dimensioning

Drop the TC58 into the Workstation Point-of-Sale cradle to connect to everything needed to create a complete POS — such as a large display, scanner, receipt printer, payment terminal, keyboard and mouse.

Which should you choose?

Ultimately Zebra has designed these devices to work as flexible tools, allowing your colleagues to do more with less. As the commerical environment reacts to the ongoing changes occurring across the world, having a suitable device that can carry out multiple jobs and assist your team throughout the business is essential. The new TC53 and TC58 have been designed around the concept of a multi-role device, able to move between colleagues, tasks, and roles.

Whats the difference between TC53 and TC58?

With the differences between the two devices based solely on cellular connectivity, it’s safe to say that the best option will ultimately depend on your needs. If your devices have any chance of moving outside your Wi-FI range, using the TC58 is a must. But, if you know your site has strong Wi-Fi connections that cover your entire site, the TC53 is an easier and cost-effective solution.

To help you get the most out of your handheld computers and device estate, get in touch with our experts and see how we can benefit your company or if you want to read more about the TC53 and 57 devices and their features

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