Panasonic Tries To Get Its ToughPad Line To Mobile Phones

Panasonic’s ToughPad products were mostly used in the business sector and their ruggedness has made them very useful and convenient devices for doing transactions and businesses. This week, Panasonic is bringing the ToughPad way to smartphones as it showcased two smartphones at MWC with the signature ToughPad design and philosophy. The two phones look identical, but one is running on…



Panasonic’s ToughPad products were mostly used in the business sector and their ruggedness has made them very useful and convenient devices for doing transactions and businesses.

This week, Panasonic is bringing the ToughPad way to smartphones as it showcased two smartphones at MWC with the signature ToughPad design and philosophy. The two phones look identical, but one is running on Android 4.2.2 (FZ-X1) while the other is running on Windows Embedded 8 Handheld (FZ-E1).

They both feature a 5-inch 720p display but the Windows Phone version has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, while the Android version gets a Snapdragon S4 chip with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor. Both models also get 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE connectivity, GPS and GLONASS.

Just like other Toughpads before them, the FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 have IP certification, which makes them water and dust resistant. Moreover, both the Android- and Windows-powered models have an 8MP+1.3MP camera setup and a 6200mAh battery (which should last for 14 hours of continuous use).

Lastly, the two phones have a modular design, which means, users can replace individual components of the device based on what their needs. Panasonic hasn’t given specific details with regards to its availability and pricing but we should expect both phones to sell for around US$1300.

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