Panasonic is launching its enterprise-oriented ‘Toughpad’ rugged smartphones and tablet in India. The lineup comprises the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 smartphone powered Microsoft’s mobile OS, its Android-powered counterpart – the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 - along with the brand new 10.1-inch rugged tablet, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2. Prices start at Rs. 99,000 ($1,477) for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1, and go up to 1.20 lakhs or Rs. 120,000 (roughly $1,791) for the rugged tablet.
Starting off with the smartphones, hardware-wise they are both very similar to one another and make use of the same hardware components, including a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display which can be paired with an optional stylus. In fact, the main characteristic setting the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 apart from the Toughpad FZ-F1 is the operating system, as the former runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop whereas the latter makes use of Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise OS. Otherwise, both smartphones conceal a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC (System-on-Chip) housing a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, and an Adreno 330 GPU. Both models make use of 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, and a 3,200 mAh battery which can be paired with an optional 6,200mAh battery back. They also meet MIL-STD-810G standards for resistance against shock, vibration, dust, rain, sand, humidity etc. and take advantage of IP65 and IP67 certificates for waterproofing. Last but certainly not least, both models are equipped with an angled barcode reader on the back panel, as well as an 8-megapixel main camera coupled with an LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. The Android-powered Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 is available for Rs. 99,000 ($1,477) while the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 backed by Microsoft’s mobile operating system costs 1.09 lakhs, or Rs. 109,000 ($1,627).
As for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2, the tablet runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow enriched by ‘Android for work’ applications. It sports a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, boasting improved visibility outdoors thanks to a luminance of 800 nits. Inside the tablet beats the heart of an Intel Atom X5-Z8550 CPU operating at a base frequency of 1.44GHz or up to 2.4GHz using Burst technology. It also packs 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory expandable via microSD, and an 8-megapixel main camera coupled with an LED flash. Connectivity-wise it comes with Bluetooth v4.2, a full-size USB 3.0 port as well as a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, HDMI, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and optional 4G. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 is available for 1.20 lakhs or Rs. 120,000 ($1,791).