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The 2021 Tech Innovator Awards

Kyle Alspach

From among 373 applicants, CRN staff selected products spanning the IT industry—including in cloud, infrastructure, security, software and devices—that offer both strong differentiation and major partner opportunities.

Smartphones / Mobile Computers

Winner:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The flagship model in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series, the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers a number of improvements including expansion to a quad-camera system (from three cameras on the predecessor model from last year) and support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus—the first time that a Galaxy S series device has featured S Pen support. Other key features include improved resolution (of 515 pixels per inch) on the 6.8-inch AMOLED display with up to 1,500 nits of brightness; automatic adjustment for the display refresh rate (between 10Hz and 120Hz) to optimize both viewing quality and battery life; up to 100X zoom on the camera along with a new zoom lock feature for clearer photos; and support for both types of 5G connectivity—sub-6GHz and higher-speed, mmWave 5G.

Finalist:

Zebra Technologies EC50/EC55

Zebra Technologies has launched a new category of individually assigned mobile computers with the recent debut of its EC50 and EC55, which are the company‘s thinnest and lightest enterprise mobile computers with an integrated scanner to date. For the Zebra EC50, for instance, that equals a starting weight of 0.38 of a pound and a thickness of 0.38 of an inch. The Android device also features robust ruggedness—including protection against water/dust and drops of up to four feet.

 
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