Zebra MC3330xR UHF RFID Handheld Reader | Overview & RFID Tag Reading Demo

Welcome to this video that will introduce the Zebra MC3330xr Handheld UHF RFID Reader and show you its RFID reading capabilities. To watch this video on YouTube,  click here.

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The Zebra MC3330xR is a handheld UHF RFID reader capable of reading RFID tags and barcodes from up to 20 feet in distance and reading RFID tags at a rate of 900 tags per second. The MC3330xR has a transmit power of 30 dBm with an integrated circularly polarized RFID antenna. The MC3330xR is a mobile computer with an Android 11 operating system, with 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth capabilities.

MC3330xR vs. the MC3330R

The Zebra MC3330xr Handheld RFID Reader replaced the  MC3330R in 2021 and has a few upgrades compared to its predecessor.

While both models have the same operating frequency, antenna type, read distance, and scanner type, you can see that the operating system has been upgraded from Android 7.0 to Android 11 and the CPU has been upgraded from Qualcomm 8056 to Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. Additional, the upgrades include an increased data rate, increased security and encryption, a Bluetooth version upgrade, and larger battery. All of the RFID specifications stayed the same, however, some of the new features include Integrated NFC device pairing, a built in microphone and Bluetooth wireless headset support.


  • Upgraded Operating System from Android 7 to Android 11
  • Upgraded CPU Qualcomm 8056 to Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Increased Data Rate at 2.4 GHz from 144 to 300 Mbps
  • Increased Security & Encryption
  • Upgraded the Bluetooth from v4.1 to v5.0
  • 35% Larger, Upgraded Battery from 5200 mAh to 7000 mAh

New Features:

  • Integrated NFC Split-Second Pairing for ring scanners, mobile printers, and more
  • Built in Microphone
  • Bluetooth wireless headset support
  • Memory Expansion Slot with up to 512 GB SDXC

Similar to its predecessor, the MC3330xR is 6.45 inches long, 2.95 inches wide, and 8.31 inches in depth and weighs right at 1.5 pounds.

Now let’s take a look at the MC3330xR in action.

Reading UHF RFID Tags

Our MC3330xR is powered and ready to use, let me show you how easy it is to get started reading UHF RFID tags. We printed and encoded these  Alien Wonderdog UHF RFID Tags and each of their distances equates to the number encoded on the tag, as you can see here.

Simply unlock the screen and swipe up, search for “123” to find your  123RFID application. Open the application and squeeze the trigger or push the button, and now we are reading UHF RFID tags.

Here’s our testing setup. I have placed a tag at 5ft intervals, all the way up to 30 ft on cardboard signs let’s see the read distance we are able to get in this environment.

As you can see, we are reading the tag at 15 feet, and then of course the tags at 5 and 10 feet as well. Which means in this environment, we were able to get just under the read distance on the data sheet which says up to 19.7 feet, so just shy of our 20 foot tag.


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