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Panasonic's 5-inch 'handheld tablet' redefines tough

Agam Shah | June 24, 2014
The Toughpad line of mobile devices also offers built-in heaters to keep the products warm in freezing environments.

The devices also have buttons on the base that can be customized for specific tasks. The Toughpad FZ-X1, which runs on Android 4.2.2, has four buttons that can be customized for functions such as taking pictures, scanning items, push-to-talk capabilities or dialing specific numbers. The Toughpad FZ-E1, which runs Windows Embedded 8.1, has two customizable buttons.

The Windows-based Toughpad FZ-E1 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at a clock speed of 2.3GHz, while the Android-based FZ-X1 has a Snapdragon 600 chip with a 1.7GHz clock speed. Other features include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera and 32GB of storage. The devices offer 14 hours of battery life on continuous use.

The FZ-E1 Windows model will start at US$1,849, while the FZ-X1 Android model will start at $1,799.

Panasonic will compete in the rugged handheld market with Honeywell and Motorola Solutions, which in April entered an agreement to be acquired by Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion.

 

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