Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 Rugged Android Smartphone

Panasonic has launched a new device in its Toughbook lineup, but this time it is a smartphone - FZ-T1.

The Toughbook series is known for its rugged products and come at premium prices. Similarly, though the Panasonic FZ-T1 comes with mediocre specifications it will be available with a high price tag.

However, the company is targetting a different market - the enterprise segment, so the price cannot be compared with regular Android handsets.

Notably, Panasonic calls the device a 'handheld', and not a smartphone.

The key features of the phone include a 5-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM, and more importantly Android 8.1 Oreo.

The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 handheld will be available in two model options - Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 4G capabilities for voice and data.

The Toughbook FZ-T1 handheld with Wi-Fi capability will be available in August 2018, priced at GBP 1,142 (roughly Rs 1,02,900) excluding taxes.

Meanwhile, and the 4G voice and data version will be available from September 2018, priced at GBP 1,214 (roughly Rs 1,09,300).

Both the models will be available in Europe and come with a standard 3-year warranty.

The Pansonic FZ-T1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and sports a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display with Glove and Rain modes. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8009, clocked at 1.1GHz, It comes with 2GB of RAM.

In terms of camera, the Panasonic FZ-T1 features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. There is no camera at the front.

The smartphone is equipped with 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card.

Connectivity options include LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, Micro-USB, and a headphone jack. Panasonic has only mentioned the presence of an accelerometer in the smartphone.

The Panasonic FZ-T1 is fuelled by a 3200mAh battery, with "warm swap" function. The company claims that the battery provides up to 12 hours of continuous data access.

In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 154x75x13.1mm and weigh 240 grams.

The FZ-T1 is IP68 water-resistant, MIL-STD 810G-certified, and can withstand a temperature range of -10 degrees Celsius to 50 degrees Celsius.