Panasonic’s next ToughBook is a ToughPad. Its FZ-T1 is a 5” Android smartphone-based device with MIL-STD-810-G ruggedness and a ‘warm-swappable’ battery.

GadgetGuy had a hands-on with the FZ-T1 and can confirm that a drop from 1.5 metres onto concrete, 500 tumbles or dunking it in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes may scratch it but won’t break it.

The ToughPad FZ-T1 is for a myriad of uses with a few nice features

ToughPad FZ-T1
  • Android 8.1 operating system and Android 9 coming, so it is familiar to use
  • Integrated 1/2D and 3D barcode reader
  • 3200mAh 12-hour battery life with Micro-USB (4-hour) and charger unit (2.5-hour) charging
  • A warm swappable battery to allow you to swap out a spent battery without shutdown
  • A range of accessories like a barcode scanner wand, passive pen, multi-battery charger unit,
ToughPad FZ-T1

Under the bonnet of the ToughPad fZ-T1

5”, 1280 x 720, LCD with glove and rain mode. Anti-glare and high daylight viewability
Qualcomm 210 four-core processor
2GB/16GB
Bluetooth, GPS and NFC
Left and right had configurable (replicated buttons both sides)
3 mics and intelligent noise cancellation
8MP rear camera and LED flash
Louder than usual (up to 90dB ringtone) volume speakers
-10 to +50° C operating temperatures
75 mm x 154 mm x 13.1 mm x 240g
Wi-Fi N standard and optional 4G voice and data capability
Price: $1899
Website: Here

When asked why such a low powered SoC the response is that it does everything expected – it’s not for Facebook or YouTube videos!

Our take – its perfect for the job in retail, manufacturing, law/military/paramedic use.