Panasonic is not the biggest name in the mobile devices sector, but it has launched several innovative devices for workers and enterprise customers. The Japanese company has just announced a new device of this kind: Toughbook FZ-T1. Rather than a simple smartphone, it is more like a handheld phone. Indeed, besides the “cellular” version it also comes in a variant without 4G LTE connectivity and without voice capabilities.
Panasonic FZ-T1 is a rugged handheld equipped with the military certification (MIL-STD-810G) and the IP68 certification making it fully waterproof and dustproof. It can also survive to drops from up to 1.5 m and temperatures (-10 to 50 °C). The most important feature of Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 is the integrated barcode scanner which will be useful in the retail sector for works such as shelf stocking, order taking, and assisted sales.
Its display has a 5-inch size and an HD resolution; it can even be used with gloves or a passive stylus pen. It is far from being a high-end handset as it features an entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 paired with just 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. But despite this, its price is insane: it will be available in the UK starting from August with 3 years warranty and a price tag of $1615/€1386 for the 4G version.