Panasonic announces two new “Toughpad” smartphones, but they are not for you

While Panasonic has departed the consumer smartphone market, its “tough” series of laptops and tablets will get two new smartphone companions in the business stable.

The rugged devices, dubbed the FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 Toughpads, Windows Phone and Android devices respectively, were announced today by Panasonic System Networks. Each share a robust set of specifications.

Designed for businesses with somewhat harsh operating environments, the Toughpads will only see an annual production of about 40,000 units total and they are not going to be sold commercially. That is a good thing since each one will cost roughly $1,300.

There is a lot of bang for the buck however, since the 3cm thick (yes, over an inch) devices are packing a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, LTE connectivity, 5-inch HD displays (albeit 720p) that can be used with gloves on, are dust-proof and water-proof and Godzilla-sized 6,200mAh batteries. A couple neat things about the batteries is they can be swapped out without powering down the device, and they can be rapid charged, up to 50% in the first hour.

Those batteries should provide somewhere north of 40-days standby time. The Windows Phone and Android devices look identical. In addition to being over 1-inch thick, they are 6.5-inches long, and 3.4-inches wide. They are nice and hefty too, just over 15-ounces.

There is a 1.3MP front facing camera along with an 8MP main sensor, both devices have microSD card slots, NFC, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac).  The Windows Phone CPU is clocked at 2.3GHz while the Android uses a 1.7GHz quad-core unit.  Both have 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.  Being business devices, there is a built-in bar-code reader too, making these purpose built for the warehouse.

The Windows Phone FZ-E1 and Android FZ-X1 will be available to Panasonic’s business clientele mid-June and late-August respectively.

sources: Panasonic (translated) via WMPoweruser

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15 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I'd rather go to work with the WP8 skinned device.....

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this device is a TANK, for $1,300 a piece you can use and abuse and still work as a charm..lol

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Idk if it's just me, but the clock speeds should be swapped. WP8 definitely does not need 2.3GHz of power to make it run.

14. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Maybe because that way both have about the same battery life

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

But needs 1gb ram to play temple run. Lol.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

👎

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Not if you choose Android one... ;)

10. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

My phone has 512 MB RAM and still can play temple run

8. Rocksteady unregistered

5. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

i love it

9. berry889

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

and if you've been chased around by a dog you can just simply throw this phone at the dog and both of you survived =D

11. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

LMAO hahaha +1 for you

12. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Nice photo ;)

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

They should have opted for on-screen buttons

15. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Dont understand this. When did Panasonic depart the smartphone business? They sell quite a few in India and these are new android models. Did they exit and enter the business again?

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