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
- 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,
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|
|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|
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.