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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1, FZ-X1 are 5-inch tablets built to survive

Panasonic has introduced a new 5-inch handheld tablet, the Toughpad FZ-E1 running Windows Embedded 8.1 and the Toughpad FZ-X1, running Android 4.2.2. Both versions offer 14-hour hot-swappable batteries, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security, and sunlight-readable HD touchscreens that work even with gloves.

“An always-connected workforce is only as strong as its weakest link, and this is true whether on the shop floor or the battlefield,” said Rance Poehler, President, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “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.”

Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1: Key Features

Operating System:

  • Toughpad FZ-E1: Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld
  • Toughpad FZ-X1: Android 4.2.2

Processor:

  • Toughpad FZ-E1: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 800 series 2.3GHz Quad Core
  • Toughpad FZ-X1: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 600 series 1.7GHz Quad Core

Rugged Durability: MIL-STD-810G certified; tested for 10-foot drops to concrete; IP65 and IP68 certified fully sealed design (sealed against dust and submersible in water), operating temperature range of -4° F to 140°F
Handheld Portability: 15 oz., 1.2” thin (standard configuration)
Industry-Leading Battery Life: Up to 14 hours of continuous use depending on usage conditions. Hot Swap functionality allows the main battery to be swapped without powering down
Enterprise-Grade Display: 5-inch sunlight-readable, anti-reflective HD (1280×720) LCD with high-sensitivity 10-point capacitive multitouch input. Glove-touch and rain-sensing features are included
Storage and Memory: 32 GB flash memory with 2GB RAM; and micro SDXC card slot
Connectivity & I/O: optional 4G LTE/3G/GPRS/CDMA2000 (voice and data); standard Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, near field communications (NFC), standalone GPS, Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1), USB 2.0; optional integrated 1D/2D barcode reader; optional attachable magnetic stripe card reader; expansion area for peripheral connectivity
Camera: 8MP rear camera with auto focus and LED light; 1.3MP front camera
Security: FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant

Pricing and Availability

The Toughpad FZ-X1 with WiFi or mobile broadband data connectivity will be the first to hit the market in August 2014 at a list price of $1,799 (WiFi-only) or $1,849 (mobile broadband data). The Toughpad FZ-E1 with WiFi-only connectivity will also be available in August 2014 at a list price of $1,899, followed by the telephony and mobile broadband-enabled version with a target date of October 2014 at a list price of $1,999. The Toughpad FZ-X1 enabled for telephony and mobile broadband data will have a target date of January 2015 at a list price of $1,899. All Toughpad devices can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers.

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