There are sturdy smartphones, and then there are the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 devices. Panasonic isn’t even calling its latest 5 inch devices phones: they’re just smaller versions of the company’s rugged ToughPad tablets… that you can use to make phone calls.
The ToughPad FZ-E1 runs Windows Embedded Handheld 8 software while the FZ-X1 runs Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly bean. They support 3G and LTE cellular networks.
Both models feature 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel displays and Qualcomm quad-core processors. But what really makes them special are the rugged cases.
Panasonic says the handheld tablets comply with MIL-STD-810G standards, can withstand a fall from 3 meters, and have dust and water-proof cases. They can also be used outdoors in temperatures ranging from – 4 to to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Clearly these devices are aimed at folks who work outdoors and in other rough environments. They’re not exactly svelte, measuring about 6.5″ x 3.4″ x 1.2″ and weighing almost a pound (15 ounces, to be exact). But they also have hefty 6200mAh batteries for up to 14 hours of continuous use.
The battery packs are also hot-swappable, letting you replace the battery without powering down your device.