Zebra CT57 product review

There are numerous options available on the mobile computer market, but one device stands out with its durable build and state-of-the-art functions – the Zebra TC57. Not only does it look great, but it can also withstand harsh elements and exposure to bright sunlight. The display is also outstanding, while the installed software tools equip you with all the necessary features to operate remotely.

Overview and Specifications

Sonim RS60 with two workers in warehouse
MSRP$1,300 – $1,540
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1
MemoryFour GB RAM/32 GB ROM
DisplayFive-inch Gorilla Glass 
BatteryRemovable 4150 mAh
Processor2.2GHz Snapdragon Octa-core

Operating System

The Zebra TC57 features Android 8.1 Oreo, released in 2017. The operating system gives you improved memory usage, allowing you to run apps even with low RAM settings. What is more, the hardware constants let you distribute apps to devices with low or normal RAM using Google Play. You also get decent speed.


Using the RS60 in the Office

Zebra’s item runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core 2.2GHz processor. It offers stable performance for various data and voice apps. The unit is faster than Zebra’s processors and doesn’t take as much time to boot.


The Zebra TC57 uses a dual-band Wi-Fi setting and accessible 4G. The system isn’t too shabby either, blocking interference and providing fast roaming.

Additional Features

When it comes to the Zebra TC57, the device boasts a high-quality barcode scanner. It’s a 1D/2D item with a solid range.

There is some backward compatibility functionality with the TC52, which is why you don’t have to purchase new accessories if you already have the older version. Another useful detail is that users can access the features and apps they use most often by pressing the appropriate soft keys. 


Using Tablet Rugged inside Construction Zone Glasses

Regarding the display, the Zebra TC57 offers a decent display solution. The 1280×720 five-inch piece is intuitive, and you can use it with a gloved finger or stylus. Reading information from the display outside in sunny conditions isn’t too challenging either; there’s also the light sensor that automatically adjusts backlight brightness.

Build Quality

The Zebra TC57 performs very well in this regard, complying with certain ratings, such as MIL-STD-810G. 


The TC57’s battery has the same capacity as the TC52 edition. It’s a 4150 mAh removable model that can last for quite a while. Namely, users can get up to 14 hours of service before the device requires a recharge. The battery can also be swapped ‘warm’- the device will stay on while the battery is switched.

Sonim RS60 Scanning Product


When it comes to flash memory, the Zebra TC57 may not have enough storage to keep all your files in one place. With 32GB of storage, you won’t get the best solution on the market memory-wise. You can fit an extra SDXC card to add more room, but the device as-is doesn’t meet the grade.

The story is completely different with regard to RAM. The mobile computer comes with four GB of RAM, which is a standard offering.


Valuable accessories will be highly appreciated by your workers. They allow for easier device management and enable them to work faster.

When it comes to Zebra TC57’s accessories, the choice is relatively limited:

  • Scanstand pedestal
  • Workstation docking handle
  • Electronic trigger handle


Electronical Work and the Sonim RS60

On the whole, Zebra offers pricier mobile computers than Honeywell, and the story remains the same in this duel. The TC57 can set you back anywhere between $1,850 and $2,070, which is a considerable amount of money.


Zebra offers the same warranty with the TC57 as with the TC52 model: a one-year limited offer.

Final Thoughts

Sonim RS60 using on Box

Although the Zebra TC57 is a fairly good choice for mobile computers, it pales in comparison to the Honeywell CT60, for a variety of reasons.

Firstly, the Honeywell CT60 is more affordable despite providing better specs. You can get the item for as little as $1,149. The model doesn’t dent your budget and yet offers some remarkable features.

In addition, the Honeywell CT60 runs on Android 7 to Android 11/A, with update compatibility options; as new versions of Android come out, you can update your device to match the changes. 

The Honeywell has an Advanced 2D imager that delivers best-in-class data capture on linear and 2D barcodes. It also has the option to switch between handheld and pistol grip holsters, to reduce user fatigue.

Most importantly, the Honeywell CT60 is rugged to a Class 1 Div 2 and Class 2 Div 2 level. It can withstand temperature and pressure changes, drops from 8ft, and is moisture and particle resistant.

In short, the CT60 is built to last for a long time. 

To learn more about the Honeywell CT60 mobile computer, and why it might be right for your business, contact one of our sales representatives at Energy Electronics.