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July 23, 2013 - Socket Mobile, Inc., a provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced the upcoming availability of the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Series 8, a small, thin and easy-to-use barcode scanner optimized for smartphones. Featuring full software support, the CHS Series 8 can be attached to a smartphone to form a one-handed scanning solution, ideal for users who need to keep a hand free to handle materials or equipment.

As small as a credit card, the CHS Series 8 is thinner than most smartphones and slips easily into a shirt or pants pocket. Weighing only 1.7 oz (48 g), it is the lightest Bluetooth barcode scanner on the market that can be attached to a smartphone in a sled-type scanning solution. The elegant scanner can be used either attached or detached from the phone, connects wirelessly to a broad range of Apple, Android and Windows devices, and is Apple MFi certified for the iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch.

"Socket Mobile created the CHS Series 8 in response to high customer demand for a thinner barcode scanner that could be attached to a smartphone to form a single-handed solution," said Vince Coli, product manager at Socket Mobile. "With our highly popular CHS Series 7, Socket Mobile has become a leader in the mobile barcode scanning market, with most customers using them with tablets. The new CHS Series 8 complements our CHS Series 7 by leveraging the same great features and performance in a solution optimized for smartphones."

The CHS Series 8 attaches to smartphones via a Klip Case, which slides onto the phone and clips the scanner securely into place. Socket Mobile will initially provide Klip Cases for the Apple iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) and Samsung Galaxy S4. Design files will be available to developers, corporate partners and third-party accessory manufacturers interested in creating Klip Cases for other smartphones, tablets, proprietary equipment or medical devices.