Panasonic has launched its latest smartphone named FZ-T1 in the Toughbook lineup. The Toughbook lineup might not be the cheapest around, but they tend to be rugged enough.
The newly launched Toughbook FZ-T1 comes with mediocre specifications but with a high price tag and is mainly for enterprise rather than regular folks. Well, the FZ-T1 isn’t necessarily a smartphone, the company calls it a "handheld." The new handheld Toughbook comes with a price tag of £1,214 (approximately Rs 1,02,915).
The Pansonic FZ-T1 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 210 chipset, clocked at 1.1GHz. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The Toughbook sports a 5-inch HD display and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Panasonic’s COMPASS 2.0 (Complete Android Security and Services), which enables flexible business management and security. It features an 8MP rear camera with LED flash. The 8MP rear camera isn't enough, but Panasonic says it’s useful for scanning documents. Also, there is no front camera.
The device draws its power from a 3200mAh battery which claims to provide up to 12 hours of battery life. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Micro-USB, and a headphone jack. The device sports IP68 and MIL-STD-810G ratings for water and dust resistance and can withstand a temperature range of 14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Panasonic calls the handheld "slim and lightweight." The phone weighs about 240 grams. It also features a barcode scanner with two trigger buttons. The Toughbook will be available in two variants — WiFi only or WiFi and 4G capabilities for voice and data.
Panasonic is calling the handheld as one of the most affordable rugged Android devices for business and it is suited to the needs of field workers for navigation, scanning documentation and real-time inventory checking.
"This latest Panasonic Toughbook handheld is an important addition to our growing rugged Android portfolio," said Jan Kaempfer, General Manager of Marketing for Panasonic Computer Product Solutions. "It is one of the most versatile, stylish and affordable Android rugged handhelds for business and is underpinned by our market-leading reputation for durable design and flexible functionality."