Manly men, rejoice! The ultra-rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 tablet might be US-bound

Do you remember the "manly" Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 handset that we told you about several months ago? Let us quickly refresh your tech-savvy memory - we are dealing with a rugged, ultra-tough 5" Windows-running (Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, to be exact) gizmo, which can easily endure a 5-feet dip in the pool for as long as 30 minutes and withstand a 10-feet drop on the concrete without breaking a sweat. Note that while it's technically an LTE tablet, certain versions of the device can make and receive phone calls.

These properties of the Toughpad FZ-E1 can easily put you on par with the likes of a regular Bear Grylls, an early Arnold Schwarzenegger, an irritated Ron Swanson, or an everyday lumberjack from Finland. All uber-manly jokes aside, this durable device might be on its way to the shelves in the US.

Last week, Panasonic's durable tablet got certified by the GCF (Global Certification Forum), which means that it will has been given the green light for appearing on the US market. Then again, a mere certification does not mean that a device is undoubtedly slated to hit the shelves in North America.

Apart from looking like something Bruce Lee would have used to hit the bad guys with, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 is also sporting some powerful silicon inside - a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of native storage. LTE Cat 4 connectivity is also on board.

The 5-inch 720p display up front is said to be extremely bright and contrast-y, as it's specifically intended for use outside. Last, but not least, a 6,200mAh interchangeable and hot-swappable battery at the back makes sure that you'll never run out of juice while kicking behinds and taking names in the Amazon rainforest.

No word if the Android version of the manly phone, the Toughpad FZ-X1, has been GCF-certified, too. 

source: Blogofmobile (translated) via GSMDome



1. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

A manly man phone!

2. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

eats nokia 3310 for breakfast.

5. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

No way. Rugged phones cannot eat the indestructible.

9. spurs20

Posts: 3; Member since: May 13, 2014

But it can eat the obsolete.

3. iamfury

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

grammatical errors in paragraph 2 and 3... @peter make up your mind brah ;)

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Some nice maneuvering of the rotflolcopter

7. Sid91 unregistered

Woah, thats one tough phone lol. Although i have switched from wp a few months ago due to its stale apps support (i really think that 50% of wp apps are weather apps ( wats up with that! )). Wp OS as a standalone OS is a good system and is good at conserving battery while being buttery smooth, my prev. fone lumia 930 lasted 2-2.5days with avg use. i really think this will last about a month with the 720p screen.

10. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

This is Window 8.1 Embedded, not Windows Phone. It might not have the same silly signed code restrictions that Windows Phone did. That needs to go for Windows 10.

11. Sid91 unregistered

Microsoft naming for Windows system and phone always confuses me.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's simple really. Windows 8.1 refers to desktop computing and its derivatives (Embedded, RT, etc.) while Windows Phone 8.1 is for....phones. Not to come off as an a-hole, but there shouldn't be any confusion even though there are still some that call WP "Windows Mobile".

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

A little weird perhaps. People often forget or don't know that the windows core, and the shared NT, a lot of things can be done. I need to bring up the article somewhere on the web, that shows how both windows desktop, windows embedded, windows phone, etc all start out as the core of what is Windows, and it fits on 25mb of space. Everything you use today that is windows, sprawls from that 25mb core. Windows is for desktops, as it has been since well the beginning. Embedded has been around for quite some time, over a decade, it can run with no UI, a custom UI - think a touch pad for a hotel that requires nothing but a single user interface, or the kiosk to order tickets at the movies, all those can be Windows Embedded, and are very custom OS types who want windows compatibility for drivers etc. Then you have phone - not much confusion in that one. So, windows, embedded, phone. 3 is really all there is. You have the redheaded step child of RT which was basically windows for ARM. Many call it RunTime but MS has stated that is not what it means.

13. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

It's windows embedded HANDHELD 8.1 which essentially windows phone 8.1 with support for barcode reader and tools like that.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's quite a bit more than that. Embedded is an enterprise-class SDK that offers businesses a host of solutions to work together with existing equipment and is almost future-proof. Windows Mobile 6.5 Embedded is still around and still receives firmware and software updates as recently as last week.

8. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

want one

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