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.
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.