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Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 to hit the shelves in August

Panasonic first announced their smallest slates, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1, a few months back. According to a press release, both babies are nearly ready to hit the shelves later this year. In case you missed the first report, read on to know more about these mini toughies.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 Android tablet PC

Small but awesome Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 to debut later this year

Like most slates in the Toughpad line, both the E1 and X1 are equipped to handle abuse that would likely turn your precious tablet into a $300 paperweight. Both are built to survive (or at least, resist) 10-foot falls into concrete and 30-minute dunks into 5 feet of water. They’re MIL-STD-810G compliant – even going beyond the specifications, according to the press release – and they’re certified to meet IP65 and IP68 requirements. Both devices are also resistant to shock, vibration, altitude, extreme temperatures, extreme humidity, and impact. Security features are also in place to meet FIPS 140-2 Level 1 requirements.

The heavy duty part doesn’t stop at the screen; both devices sport “sunlight-readable, anti-reflective HD” 1280 x 720 displays. They can work with gloves on and can work in the pouring rain. Other features include 2 cameras (an 8 MP main shooter and a 1.3 MP webcam up front), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connectivity, microSD card slot, and a microUSB port. According to Panasonic, the devices have batteries that can last for up to 14 hours and hot-swappable. Meaning you can change batteries without powering down the device.


Like other devices in the line, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 can be had in a number of different configurations. They’re available in optional dual-SIM and 4G LTE models.

The difference between the two lies mainly on their operating systems and CPUs. The FZ-E1 features a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld. The FZ-X1, on the other hand, has a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU with Android 4.2.2.

Pricing and availability
If you’ve been paying attention to all of those military-grade specs, then you probably can tell that these babies won’t come cheap. The Toughpad FZ-X1 will debut in August with a retail price of (drumroll please) US $1799 for the WiFi-only version and US $1849 for the mobile broadband data version. It will also come in a version with telephony and mobile broadband, but you’ll have to wait until January next year and you’ll need $1899 to get it for yourself.

The WiFi-only version of the FZ-E1 will also be available in August and will sell for $1899. The version with telephony and mobile broadband will go for a hundred dollars more, at $1999 and will be available in October.

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3 Awesome Tablet Developments You May Have Missed

Technology has always moved at such a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ pace that sometimes we feel that something had been sprung upon us while we were napping under rocks. Since the tablet space, or better yet the mobile space, had been enjoying something of a golden age these past couple of years, this tends to happen a lot. Here’s a round-up of tablet developments you may have missed in the recent months.

Windows Embedded 8 Handheld

About a dozen posts back, we talked about Panasonic’s phone-sized ToughPad, the FZ-E1. Apart from being made to withstand higher than normal abuse – drops from a height, dives into 1.5 meter deep water – this baby packs a Windows Embedded 8 Handheld operating system.

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1

What is this sorcery?

Gone are the days when devices for enterprise use just allow for sending emails or reading documents – and gone are the days too when enterprise equates to Blackberry, but that’s another story all together. These days, businesses need a platform that offers Point-of-Sale (POS), and inventory management, among other things. Devices with this OS are equipped to handle such things and therefore pack features like barcode and magnetic stripe readers.

Okay, so this doesn’t really affect you too much as say, Windows Phone 8.1, but it does look promising. Can you imagine a future-world where you don’t have to queue at the cashier to pay for your purchase? All you’d need to do is locate a store employee, pay, and be on your merry way.

source [ PocketNow ]

Everything-in-One and Dual-Boot

The only real way we can explain the rise of do-it-all devices, convertibles, and dual-boot slates is that manufacturers are trying to cure option paralysis. That or they take into account all of those comments. You know, the ones that go, “I would totally buy this if it came with an active digitizer/a keyboard accessory/a cup holder” or “This would be better if it had Windows 8.1/Android 4.4 KitKat/some other Linux distro.”

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 Windows and Android hybrid Tablet PC

A lot of these are already on the market, including the Asus Transformer Book Trio, while others are still on the drawing board like the Toshiba 5-in-1 concept PC.

The Asus Transformer Book Duet, slated for release in May, mixes up Windows and Android operating systems with convertible capabilities. The question on our mind is, ‘Will these jack-of-all-trades devices prove to be masters of none?’

True Octa-Core

So MediaTek has finally released their new chip, the MT6592, and they’re calling it the “true octa-core”. It has actually made its way to a few tablets and phones. How is this different from other octa-cores like the Samsung Exynos Octa? Well, instead of having four main cores and four auxiliary cores, the MT6592 has 8 main cores.

What is this sorcery?

The MT6592 crams 8 low-power ARM Cortex-A7 cores into a neat package that allows all eight cores to work at the same time. We’ll allow the graphic to explain the rest:

MediaTek Octa-Core Processor

Of course, whether or not MediaTek’s chip works better than say Qualcomm’s or Samsung’s chips is arguable – since you know, the latter options have the luxury of being associated with higher end devices. If anything, this development can prove awesome for the low and mid-range devices. Can you imagine a US $200 tablet with octa-core? That would probably fly off the shelves, but since we don’t know how much this will potentially cost manufacturers, we’ll file it under “Wishful Thinking”, at least for now.

Read more: [ Engadget ]

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ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 – Smallest toughies yet

Panasonic’s ToughPad line, as the name suggests, is pretty much the toughest kids on the block. They are usually made to be shock-, dust-, water-, and temperature-resistant, and can therefore withstand any sort of abuse you can throw at it. Or at least, they can withstand more abuse than your average consumer tablet PC. Products in this line range from Windows 8 convertibles to Android slates – and this time, Panasonic has announced the newest and smallest of the bunch, the ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1. Let’s check them out, shall we?

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1

ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1: Specs and Features

Both models feature a 5-inch HD display with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Both also have 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space and features WiFi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a micro USB port, a microSD card slot (SDHC and SDXC), and NFC capabilities. Both pack two cameras, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and an 8 MP rear shooter with “night photography for high-brightness light deployment photo,” according to the Google Translated product page. The ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 also feature barcode readers, GPS and GLONASS, and 6200 mAh Lithium ion batteries that can reportedly last for up to 14 hours on a single charge.

The difference between the two lies on their operating systems and processors. The FZ-E1 packs a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB quad-core processor and runs a Windows Embedded 8 Handheld operating system. The FZ-X1, on the other hand, features a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T quad-core processor and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Normally, any device smaller than 7 inches with phone capabilities is called a phablet but it seems a little inappropriate to call the ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 that. Panasonic thinks so too. Both tablets are MIL-STD-810G compliant, which means they can survive falling 3 meters and being submerged in 1.5 meters of water. They are also dust-proof and can withstand temperatures between -20 to 60 degrees Centigrade or -4 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

These aren’t made to look pretty, as you can see from the image above. Both slates will measure 6.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 in or 165 x 87 x 31 mm and will weigh 430 grams or almost a full pound.

Pricing and Availability

As you may have guessed, the ToughPad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 are not made for the consumer market. Like most products in the ToughPad line, they’re designed for enterprise and industrial applications – in working conditions where normal tablets would most likely die. We expect that like the other ToughPads, these two would probably be more expensive than your run of the mill slate.

The FZ-E1 is expected to debut in mid-June, while the Android-powered FZ-X1 will reportedly hit the shelves in late August.

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