Panasonic launches 5-inch rugged handheld tablets

Summary:The latest Toughpad iterations are the first devices in the Toughpad line to offer optional voice connectivity, Panasonic said.

Panasonic has added two more players to its Toughpad range of durable tablets, this time shrinking the devices down to five inches.

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The Toughpad FZ-E1 is powered by Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 series 2.3GHz Quad Core processor. The Toughpad FZ-X1 is powered by the Android 4.2.2 operating system and runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 series 1.7GHz Quad Core processor.

While many of the durability features from previous Toughpad iterations remain, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 are the first devices in the Toughpad line to offer optional voice connectivity, Panasonic said. Both models will be available with dual SIM slots and certified on mobile carrier networks. 

Other key features include:

  • Up to 14 hours of continuous use depending on usage conditions, with hot swap functionality;
  • A 5-inch sunlight-readable, anti-reflective HD (1280x720) LCD with10-point capacitive multitouch input;
  • 32 GB flash memory with 2GB RAM and a micro SDXC card slot;
  • 8MP rear camera with auto focus and LED light, and a 1.3MP front camera;
  • Security compliance with FIPS 140-2 Level 1. 

Rance Poehler, president of Panasonic North America, said in a statement:

An always-connected workforce is only as strong as its weakest link, and this is true whether on the shop floor or the battlefield. Our Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 build on the legacy of nearly two decades of rugged devices from Panasonic to accomplish the mission of keeping professionals in the most demanding work environments connected to the data they need to do their jobs, to one another and to the customers they are supporting.

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Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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