At Mobile World Congress 2014, Panasonic announced a new handset due to launch this fall in Europe. The 5-inch phone follows in line with their line of Toughpad products, in that it's tough as nails with protection against drops, extreme temperatures, water, and dust. The voice version of the device will have noise cancellation built in, which will be helpful for the industrial situations the it's likely to be used in. A glove-friendly touchscreen, barcode reader, and mounts for fixing screws all paint a picture of a phone that's ready for business.
It's been awhile since Panasonic launched the first Toughbook, but it's good to see the idea's still being supported. There's a niche market for Android devices in rough-and-tumble environments, and we don't see too many solutions that come forward to address it. Even as a consumer device, I'm interested in having a phone that I wouldn't feel nervous about dropping without a case.