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You might break someone's jaw if you throw the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 at them

Panasonic would prefer it if you not call the Toughbook FZ-T1 a smartphone, especially since there is a Wi-Fi-only version.

Published onJune 23, 2018

  • Panasonic announced the Toughbook FZ-T1, its latest rugged device.
  • The Toughbook FZ-T1 is not a smartphone, though there is a version with 4G.
  • The Wi-Fi-only and 4G versions will launch in August and September, respectively.

Panasonic’s Toughbook devices might not be the cheapest around, but they tend to be rugged enough for a variety of work environments. The Toughbook FZ-T1 looks to continue its predecessors’ ruggedness and do so in a smaller form factor.

The Toughbook FZ-T1 might look like a smartphone, but Panasonic refers to it as a “handheld.” The device comes in two flavors: one with only Wi-Fi and another with Wi-Fi and 4G. The 4G version features voice capabilities, but do not expect to use it like a smartphone.

Elsewhere, the Toughbook FZ-T1 features an 8MP primary camera, 5-inch 720p display that still works in the rain and if you have gloves on, Snapdragon 210 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Even though the specifications read like a device from 2014, the Toughbook FZ-T1 sports a few nifty features up its sleeve. For one, the device sports IP68 and MIL-STD-810G ratings for water and dust resistance, drop resistance up to 1.5 meters (five feet), and a working temperature range from 14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Toughbook FZ-T1 also features a barcode scanner with two trigger buttons, a 3,200mAh battery that you can swap out without turning off the device, and a slew of accessories that include holster belts, battery packs, screen protectors, and more. The device even features a three-year warranty for those issues out of your control.

The Wi-Fi-only version will launch in August for 1,142 euros (~$1,331). The 4G version will launch in September for 1,214 euros (~$1,415). Those are not low prices by any means, but the Toughbook FZ-T1 is mainly for enterprise rather than regular folks.