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TC21-HC/TC26-HC Mobile Computer

The ultimate cost-effective mobile computer built for healthcare

With the affordable TC21-HC and TC26-HC mobile computers, you can give all your clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers the tools they need to act more efficiently, improve task accuracy and deliver the highest quality patient care. The Wi-Fi TC21-HC and Wi-Fi/cellular TC26-HC are small, easy-to-carry, yet big on features. Advanced mobile technologies, including an optional 2.2 GHz processor, provide the power to run all the healthcare applications you use today and tomorrow. The durable design and removable batteries deliver dependable around-the-clock operation. The housing is specially built for constant disinfecting. Integrated barcode scanning error-proofs patient identification, medication administration and more. Zebra’s leading voice solutions turn these devices into two-way radios and mobile PBX handsets. And powerful new Zebra Mobility DNA™ tools expand data capture capabilities and simplify device management for any size deployment. 

TC21-HC / TC26-HC Mobile Computer Spec Sheet Photo

A new level of features at a cost-effective price point

Connect all your healthcare workers, wherever they are

The more staff members that are connected, the better patient safety and quality of patient care you can deliver. With WiFi and WiFi/cellular models, you can connect workers no matter where they are — inside your facility, in-between buildings on expansive campus-style facilities, out in the field or at home.

Best-in-class disinfectant-ready design

Chemical resistant healthcare plastics withstand regular cleaning with over 30 disinfectants. The housing design minimizes crevices where bacteria can hide. And a pre-installed plug prevents bacteria from hiding in the USB-C port. 

Plenty of display space for all your applications

The large 5-inch advanced HD touchscreen is easy to see indoors and in bright sunlight. And capacitive multi-touch technology delivers instant familiarity — and even works with gloves.

Around-the-clock durability

Virtually waterproof, dustproof, drops, snow, rain, heat, freezing cold — the TC21-HC/TC26-HC can handle it all. And two of the most crucial yet vulnerable features are fortified with scratch-and-shatter-resistant Gorilla Glass — the display and scanner exit window. 

Healthcare Alert button for rapid response

In the event of an emergency, staff can call for help with a split-second press of this programmable key.

Around-the-clock power with removable batteries

Just swap in a fully-charged PowerPrecision battery for more than enough power to last beyond a full shift.1

Compatible Icons: Common Criteria Certification, Android Enterprise Recommended, Wi-Fi Certified

Improve the quality of care throughout your healthcare organization with the TC21-HC/TC26-HC — the right size, right features and right price.

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The power to run all your applications — today and tomorrow

With a choice of a 1.8 GHz or 2.2 GHz advanced Qualcomm octa-core processor, the TC21-HC/TC26-HC delivers desktop-like performance on all your applications, including EHR apps from Cerner and Epic, voice, video and messaging solutions, medication administration, specimen tracking and many more.

Android familiarity

Virtually eliminate training with the familiarity of Android; built-in support of future Android releases provides superior future-proofing.

LifeGuardTM — a lifetime security guard for Android

Included at no cost with your Zebra OneCareTM maintenance plan, LifeGuard™ for Android™ provides security patches and updates to keep devices secure, with options that give you full control over every aspect of the update process.

Everything your staff needs for unmatched collaboration

Connect your staff with affordable walkie-talkie functionality

Enable walkie-talkie style communications over the WiFi network quickly, easily and affordably with Zebra’s optional Workforce Connect Push-to-Talk Express. Or activate a low-cost subscription to enable instant PTT over WiFi and cellular with Workforce Connect PTT Pro2, connecting everyone inside and outside your facility

Add fully-featured mobile PBX handset functionality

With optional Workforce Connect Voice3, your TC21-HC/TC26-HC devices can double as fully-featured PBX handsets to keep staff connected to physicians and more. And the customizable interface can simplify even the most complex telephony features.

Get more value with high resolution front and rear cameras

The 13 MP rear camera is ideal for documenting wound condition and more, while the front-facing 5 MP camera supports video calls with other clinicians to improve the speed and quality of care.

Flexible options for flawless barcode capture

The optional SE4100 scan engine captures virtually any barcode in any condition — ideal for staff who routinely capture barcodes for medication administration, specimen management and more. The LED aimer is safe, even in the NICU, labor and delivery rooms. And white illumination easily reads barcodes on color-coded specimen trays and biopsy cassettes. Alternatively, the high-resolution camera is perfect for occasional barcode capture.

Capture Unique Device Identifier (UDI) barcodes

Support for Unique Device Identification (UDI) barcodes enables better tracking and management of medical assets and equipment. Caregivers can check to see if medical equipment has been recalled before use, protecting patient safety. And improved inventory tracking ensures that charges for all items are captured and helps prevent risky out of stocks.

Effortlessly and accurately capture identification information

Zebra’s optional OCR Wedge effortlessly captures standardized data, such as information on driver’s licenses and identification cards to streamline patient intake processes.

Unleash the potential of your devices and your healthcare staff with Zebra Mobility DNA

Get a built-in advantage with no-cost Mobility DNA Professional

Add powerful enterprise features to standard Android with Mobility Extensions (Mx) — choose from over a hundred features to increase security, improve device manageability and more. Stage a handful or thousands of devices in seconds with StageNow. Control the applications and features that your staff can access with Enterprise Home Screen. Enter barcodes into your apps right out of the box with DataWedge. Integrate TC21-HC/TC26-HC features into your apps with Zebra’s Enterprise Mobility Development ToolKit (EMDK). Control the GMS apps and services that are available on your devices with GMS Restricted Mode. Automatically enable EMM support for every TC21-HC/TC26-HC feature with OEM Config. Collect targeted diagnostics for easier troubleshooting with RxLogger. And test all main device systems with the press of a button with Device Diagnostics.

Maximize device functionality, staff productivity and the user experience with the optional Mobility DNA Enterprise license

Simultaneously capture up to 100 barcodes, even on multiple labels, with a single scan. In one button press, capture and crop a document image, optionally capture a barcode and detect signature presence. Enable faster data entry with a customized soft keyboard. Enable workers to easily manage their Bluetooth accessories. Give healthcare staff unsurpassed ‘won’t drop’ wired style Wi-Fi connections every minute of every shift. Additional tools available for purchase include Device Tracker to track and locate missing devices. And Zebra DNA Cloud makes it easy to deploy, configure and manage the tools you need.4


Physical Characteristics


6.14 in. L x 3.11 in. W x .0.54 in. D
156 mm L x 79 mm W x 13.7 mm D
Weight8.43 oz./239 g
Display5.0 in. color HD (1280 x 720); LED backlight; Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Imager WindowCorning® Gorilla® Glass
Touch PanelCapacitive Touch Panel; multi-touch
PowerRemovable/serviceable rechargeable Li-Ion 
Standard capacity 3400 mAh / 13.09 Wh
Expansion SlotOne (1) 128 GB micro SD slot
SIM1 Nano SIM slot; optional eSIM (TC26-HC only)
Network ConnectionsTC21-HC: WLAN, WPAN, USB 2.0 hi-speed (host and client)
TC26-HC: WWAN, WLAN, WPAN, USB 2.0 hi-speed (host and client)
NotificationsAudible tone; multi-color LEDs; vibration
KeypadOn-screen keypad
AudioSpeaker - 1 Watt
Voice support (Internal speaker/receiver and microphones)
ButtonsScan on each side; volume up/down; power; 
push-to-talk (PTT) keys; HC Alert key

Performance Characteristics

CPUQualcomm SnapdragonTM 660 octa-core, 1.8 GHz or 2.2 GHz (select configurations)
Operating SystemTC21-HC: Upgradeable to Android 14
TC26-HC: Upgradeable to Android 14
Memory3 GB RAM/32 GB Flash memory

User Environment

Operating Temp.14°F to 122°F / -10°C to 50°C
Storage Temp.-22°F to 158°F/-30°C to 70°C
Humidity5% - 95% non condensing
Drop Spec.4 ft./1.2 m drops to vinyl tile over concrete per MIL-STD 810G across operating temperature
Tumble Spec.300 tumbles, 1.6 ft./0.5 m
Discharge (ESD)
+/-15 kV air discharge, +/-8 kV direct discharge; 
+/-8 kV indirect discharge

Interactive Sensor Technology (IST)

Light SensorAutomatically adjusts display backlight brightness
Motion Sensor3-axis accelerometer with MEMS Gyro
Proximity SensorAutomatically detects when the user places the handset against head during a phone call to disable display output and touch input

Data Capture

ScanningOptional SE4100 1D/2D imager
Barcode scanning available via camera; barcode decoding software included
CameraRear camera 13 MP; front camera 5 MP
NFCIntegrated; MIFARE, ISO 14443 A&B, FeliCa, ISO 15693 and NFC Forum supported cards; read range up to 50 mm

Wireless WAN Data & Voice Communications

Radio Frequency Band (TC26-HC only)

TC26-HC North America
• UMTS: B2/B4/B5
• LTE: B2/B4/B5/B7/B12/B13/B14/B17/B25/B26/ B41/B66
• LTE: Category 6

TC26-HC Rest of World
• GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
• UMTS: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B8/B9/B19
• LTE-FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B19/B20/B28
• LTE-TDD: B38/B40/B41
• LTE: Category 6

TC26-HC China
• GSM: 850/900/1800
• UMTS: B1/B5/B8
• LTE-FDD: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8
• LTE - TDD: B38/B39/B40/B41
• LTE: Category 6

Voice Communications

Optional Push-to-Talk (PTT) Express Mobility DNA software application for instant PTT walkie-talkie style calls inside the four walls.

Optional Workforce Connect Push-to-Talk (PTT) Pro Mobility DNA software application that provides instant PTT walkie-talkie style calls inside and outside the four walls via an easy-to-deploy subscription service.

Optional Workforce Connect Voice allows TC21-HC/TC26-HC devices to double as fully-functional PBX mobile handsets.

GPS (TC26-HC only)GPS with A-GPS: Glonass; BeiDou; Galileo

Wireless LAN

WLAN Radio

IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/d/h/i/r/k/v/w; Wi-Fi™ certified; IPv4, IPv6
Data Rates2.4 GHz: 802.11b/g/n — 20MHz, 40MHz — up to 150 Mbps
5 GHz: 802.11a/g/n/ac – 20MHz, 40MHz, 80MHz – up to 433 Mbps
Operating Channels

Channel 1-13 (2412-2472 MHz): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 

Channel 36-165 (5180-5825 MHz): 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 144, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165 

Channel Bandwidth: 20, 40, 80 MHz 

Actual operating channels/frequencies and bandwidths depend on regulatory rules and certification agency

Security and EncryptionWEP (40 or 104 bit); WPA/WPA2 Personal (TKIP, and AES); WPA3 Personal (SAE); WPA/WPA2 Enterprise (TKIP and AES); WPA3 Enterprise (AES) — EAP-TTLS (PAP, MSCHAP, MSCHAPv2), EAP-TLS, PEAPv0-MSCHAPv2, PEAPv1-EAP-GTC, LEAP and EAP-PWD; WPA3 Enterprise 192-bit Mode (GCMP-256) — EAP-TLS; Enhanced Open (OWE)
CertificationsWFA (802.11n, WPA2-Personal, WPA3-Personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Enterprise)
Fast RoamPMKID caching; Cisco CCKM; 802.11r (Over-The-Air); OKC

Wireless PAN


Bluetooth 5.0 BLE Class 2

Environmental Compliance

• RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU; Amendment 2015/863
• REACH SVHC 1907/2006

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Mobility DNA™ is available on Android only. Mobility DNA Professional integrated solutions are preloaded and pre-licensed, provided at no cost. To take advantage of the additional Mobility DNA offerings for the TC21-HC/TC26-HC, a Mobility DNA Enterprise license is required. For more information about Mobility DNA tools, please visit

Recommended Services

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1. Based on typical user profiles.  
2. To enable maximum performance and voice quality for Workforce Connect PTT Express, PTT Pro and other VoWiFi solutions, the Mobility DNA Enterprise License is recommended.
3. Mobility DNA Enterprise License is required to deploy Workforce Connect Voice and other 3rd party full duplex voice solutions for optimal performance and support.
4. Zebra DNA Cloud available Q3 2022.

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Mobility DNA

Mobility DNA solutions help you get more value out of our mobile computers by adding functionality as well as simplifying deployment and management of our mobile devices. For more information on these Zebra-only features, please visit
Mobility DNA Professional integrated solutions are preloaded and pre-licensed, provided at no cost. To take advantage of the complete Mobility DNA offerings for the TC21-HC/TC26-HC, a Mobility DNA Enterprise license is required. For more information about Mobility DNA tools, please visit
DNA Icons: DataWedge, Device Diagnostics, EMDK, Enterprise Home Screen, GMS Restricted Mode, Mx Mobility Extensions, OEM Config, Rx Logger, StageNow

Markets and Applications


  • Nurses 
  • In-home caregivers 
  • Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 
  • Healthcare support occupations 
  • Therapists and technicians 
  • Cleaning and maintenance 
  • Laboratory technicians and technologists 
  • Food service 
  • Other practitioners and technical occupations

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