- 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.
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.