Gladius GT-500 Rugged Android Smartphone Features a Built-in Barcode Reader, LTE Connectivity

ARBOR technology has introduced Gladius GT-500 “5” Rugged Android Handheld Device” running Android 5.1 on MediaTek MT6735 quad core processor, with LTE connectivity, IP67 rated, and featuring a build-in 1D/2D barcode reader with physical trigger buttons.


Gladius GT-500 smartphone specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT6735 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.3 GHz with ARM Mali-T720 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR2
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + 1x micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Display – 5″ TFTP LCD; 1280×720 resolution; 5-point glove-friendly projector capacitive touch screen; 400 cd/m2 brightness
  • Cellular Connectivity
    • 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE (Band 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900)
    • 3G WCDMA (Band 1,2,5,8)
    • 3G CDMA2000 (BC0/BC1)
    • 4G FDD+TDD (Band 1,3,5,7,8,20,38,39,40,41)
    • 4G DRX (Band 1,3,5,7,8,20,38,39,40,41)
    • SIM Sockets – 1 x micro-SIM (3FF) socket supporting 2G/3G/LTE; 1 x micro-SIM (3FF) socket supporting 2G only
  • Other Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE, HS compliant), NFC, and GPS/GNSS/Beidou
  • Camera – 13MP rear camera with auto-focus & flashlight, 2.0MP front-facing camera
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone and speaker, FM radio
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 OTG port
  • Sensors – Gyroscope, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, magnetometer (M-Sensor/E-Compass), accelerometer (G-sensor)
  • Misc – Optional 1D/2D barcode reader with physical trigger buttons
  • Battery – 4,800 mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable and customer replaceable battery
  • Dimensions – 85 x 165.8 x 23.1 mm
  • Weight – < 385 grams with battery
  • IP Rating – IP67, up to 1.5m drop resistance
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -10°C ~ 50°C; Storage: -20°C ~ 60°C
  • Relative Humidity – 5~95%


It ships with a micro USB port, a pre-installed battery, and a user’s manual by default, and a universal 5Vpower adapter, a hand strap, a 4-in-1 battery charger, and a desktop cradle are available as options. Two models are available: Gladius GT-500 without barcode reader, and GT-500-2D with the barcode scanner. The handheld device targets “mission-critical” applications in logistics, retail and public safety sectors.

ARBOR Gladius GT-500 appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. Check out the product page for a few more details.

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6 Replies to “Gladius GT-500 Rugged Android Smartphone Features a Built-in Barcode Reader, LTE Connectivity”

  1. Do you think there is any chance about GPL compliance ? (i.e. that this manufacturer will publish kernel source code, which is necessary to ensure long-term support and security fixes. I am usually pessimistic with MTK phones…).

    Android 5.1 => does it mean it might be vulnerable to the stagefright security exploit ? (I recently got a xiaomi redmi 3, and despite it is a new phone, it is running android 5.1 and I can confirm it is vulnerable ! And since xiaomi did not publish any GPL source code for this phone, I have no solution but wait/hope that xiaomi will fix this soon…).

  2. @ade
    The phone targets a niche market from a medium-size company, so I guess the chances of GPL compliances are close to zero.

    Mediatek is actually slowly but surely adding support to mainline kernel for some of their MT6xxx and MT8xxx processors.

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