Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 is the new rugged Windows Phone
Panasonic presented at MWC 2014 the ToughPad FZ-E1, a corporate-oriented rugged smartphone running a special Windows Phone version called Windows Embedded 8 Handheld. Unlike other ruggedized phones, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 comes with some really impressive innards. It has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.3 GHz with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB inbuilt storage capacity.
The FZ-E1 is fueled by a massive 6200 mAh battery good enough for up to 14 hours of continuous use. There are two cameras on board – an 8MP rear-facing shooter and a 1.3-megapixel camera up front. The Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC and USB port. In addition, the durable phone is fully compatible with credit card readers, barcode scanner and some other accessories.
With this model, Panasonic re-enters the Smartphone market though the FZ-E1 is designed for business consumers rather than individuals. The new phone withstands drops from up to three meters, can be submerged in water and functions in extreme temperatures from -20 to +60 Celsius.
Panasonic also presented the FZ-X1 – an alternative ToughPad running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, built around a 1.7 GHz processor instead of 2.3 GHz. The other specs are exactly the same as the Windows variant. Both phones will debut in Japan, Europe and North America by the end of August for $1300.