The Toughpad family of devices made by Panasonic has two more members, the FZ-E1 and FZ-X1, both of which were announced this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Due to their durable design, the devices are made with such users as construction workers and delivery staff in mind as well as those who like outdoor activity. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 will hit the stores in Japan in June while the Toughpad FZ-X1 will go on sale two months later, in August. Panasonic promises to expand availability on other markets. Both models are expected to cost around ¥130,000, or $1,268 at launch.
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 vs. FZ-X1
In an era when a slim profile seems to be a must for smartphones and tablets, the Toughpads stand out with their thickness of a few phones and weight of 430 grams. The Toughpads come with an unusual mixture of phone and tablet features, with emphasis rather on tablets. Compared to typical tablets, the Toughpads are however smaller with screens measuring 5 inches diagonally. The displays have a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and are shatter-proof.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB processor and runs Windows Embedded 8 Handheld. The Toughpad FZ-X1, on the other hand, will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board and is equipped with 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064T processor ticking inside.
Other than that, both Toughpads are identical and come loaded with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, microSD slots for storage expansion, 8-megapixel rear cameras and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras. The batteries are very impressive – 6,200 mAh units, which should be good for up to 14 hours of continuous usage of up to 1000 hours of standby time. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0, Micro-USB, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, as well as NFC.
As suggested by the name, Panasonic Toughpads are heavy-duty devices capable of withstanding many kinds of rough treatment. To begin with, the tablets can survive a drop to a concrete surface from the height of 3 meters. Moreover, they feature a MIL-STD-810G military rating in addition to IP65 and IP68, which means that they are dust and waterproof up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. To top it all, the Toughpads can operate in a wide range of temperature, from as low as -20 Celsius to as high as 60 Celsius.
source: Slash Gear