Global Rugged Smartphone Market 2017-2021

  • Published: Jul 2017
  • Pages: 64
  • SKU: IRTNTR13784

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The rugged equipment market will grow by 0.68 million units by 2021. This report provides an analysis of the market by end-user (government, commercial, industrial, and defense and military) and geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA). The report also provides an analysis of the market’s competitive landscape and offers information on several companies including Amrel, Caterpillar, Getec, Honeywell Scanning and Mobility, Panasonic, Shenzhen Zhouji HOMTOM Technology, Sonim Technology, Ulefone, and Zebra Technologies.

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Overview of the global rugged smartphone market

The global rugged smartphone market report predicts the market to grow steadily at a CAGR of more than 2% by 2021. With the growing adoption of smartphones, there is an increasing need for devices that can withstand accidental drops, expose to water or sand, and extreme weather conditions. In addition to keeping the data safe, smartphones also have the need to function properly even in harsh environments for use in military, law enforcement, and firefighting. This drives the need for rugged smartphones that have improved battery life, high memory, and excellent processing speed. These smartphones are evaluated based on durability, features, and customization options and also by the support provided by manufacturers to end-users.

The adoption of thermal imaging in rugged smartphones is one of the latest rugged smartphone market trends. Thermal imaging technology detects the temperature difference between objects in the background and foreground. Since all the objects emit IR energy which increases with heat, thermal imaging devices do not require light to function properly. With the increasing popularity of thermal imaging camera technology in devices such as monoculars and binoculars, this technology is now being integrated into rugged smartphones as well. Caterpillar has already launched a rugged smartphone the Cat S60, which has an inbuilt thermal imaging camera.

Competitive landscape and key vendors  

The prominent and renowned companies hold the maximum share of the rugged smartphone market. The competition in the industry is complex and the lack of intense competition has given rise to low product differentiation. However, due to the technological advances in consumer-grade smartphones, the rugged mobile phones manufacturers are slowly incorporating such technologies or features into the rugged smartphones.

According to the rugged smartphone market analysis, the leading vendors in the market are -

  • Amrel
  • Caterpillar
  • Getec
  • Honeywell Scanning and Mobility
  • Panasonic
  • Shenzhen Zhouji HOMTOM Technology
  • Sonim Technology
  • Ulefone
  • Zebra Technologies


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Segmentation by end-user and analysis of the rugged smartphone market

  • Government
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Defense and military

According to the rugged smartphone market research, the defense and military segment accounted for the major shares of the rugged smartphone market during 2016. However, the commercial end-user segment will lead the market by 2021 due to the low cost of semi-rugged smartphones compared with other rugged categories which will increase their sales volume.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the rugged smartphone market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

In terms of geographic regions, the Americas will be the major rugged smartphone market revenue contributor throughout the forecast period. The high demand for rugged smartphones from the defense and military sector and growth in the logistics and retail sectors drive the growth of the market in this region. The American market for rugged smartphones is also driven by the increased automation in the industrial sector and the high spending by the US military.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2021?
  • What are the key factors driving the global rugged smartphone market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global rugged smartphone market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global rugged smartphone market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global rugged smartphone market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global rugged smartphone market?


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PART 01: Executive summary

PART 02: Scope of the report

PART 03: Research Methodology

PART 04: Introduction

  • Market outline

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by end-user

  • Market overview
  • Defense and military
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Government

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • Global rugged smartphone market by geography

PART 08: Decision framework

PART 09: Drivers and challenges

  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges

PART 10: Market trends

  • Thermal imaging in rugged smartphones
  • Consumerization of rugged smartphones
  • High growth potential in emerging economies

PART 11: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Key vendors

PART 12: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

Research Framework

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  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

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  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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