By Stephen Schenck | September 9, 2013 5:05 PM
Motorola has its Moto X out right now, and there’s also the three new Droid Ultra-series models over at Verizon. Beyond that, we’ve been following rumors of the so-called DVX, tipped to emerge as a more affordable alternative to the Moto X, and one that may see broader global availability. Beyond that, though, we haven’t had a great sense of where the company’s headed next. Today we get an answer in the form of another mystery that’s been going around, with the paperwork for a new Motorola device showing up at the FCC.
At first glance this seems like a smartphone, but the paperwork identifies it as an Android-running “touch computer” instead. It supports a number of bands, including LTE communications, and has all the WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC that we’d expect from a smartphone. The dimensions, given at 138mm by 77mm, also are in line with something phone-sized.
There’s talk of multiple battery options, like Maxx editions of phones, but here they seem swappable, more like a standard extended battery. The key to this mystery, though, is how the docs mention another pair or hardware options, with the device identified as being available with or without a scanner. Looking for more along that line, we found some text describing this as a barcode scanner – and right there, this started looking like a point-of-sale device, or something for inventory control.
Knowing that, our gut instinct is to suggest that you’ll never see this “touch computer” go up for sale in any retail store, and it would instead be relegated to the B2B market. That’s reinforced by this model number – TC55AH – showing up on a Motorola Enterprise website (and not Motorola Mobility), described as being “built for business with a personal touch,” and scheduled to launch on September 17.