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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