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. 

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source: Blogofmobile (translated) via GSMDome

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