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Panasonic has announced it will begin to launch the Toughpad FZ-X1 in the US in August. It's a 5-inch device that will have Android 4.2.2 running out of the box.

The FZ-X1 was first announced in February and is the latest in Panasonic's Toughpad lineup of mobile devices that have been designed to withstand a ton of abuse. The company claims that the FZ-X1 can survive a drop from 10 feet on concrete and stay submerged in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes and still be able to do its job. It can also operate in an extreme range of temperatures, from -4 to 140 degrees F.

Inside, the FZ-X1 has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with a clock speed of 1.7GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There'e also a rear 8MP camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera. The display has a resolution of 1280x720 and the battery capacity is 6,200 mAh that can last up to 14 hours of continuous use. The device has dual SIM slots and supports up to 4G LTE for wireless carriers.

Again, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 is not made for the casual smartphone owner but for businesses that need to purchase devices that can last a long time and be used in a ton of different and extreme environments. The company will sell a WiFi-only version of the FZ-X1 in August for the price of $1,799, along with one that can handle mobile broadband data for $1,849. Panasonic won't release a version of the FZ-X1 that can handle phone calls until January 2015. Its price will be $1,899.

Source: Panasonic

 

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Panasonic to launch durable Toughpad FZ-X1 in August

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Why do the phones that are made to these tough spec's usually have an older version of Android installed? Is it because it is more proven?

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These are really for commercial use. Running the latest version of Android isn't important. This is a device for truck drivers, warehouse workers, construction workers, etc. It will probably only need to run very specific software for the business that the employee belongs to.

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And it's not a phone, in fact the one that you can make phone calls on comes out last.

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Wow... Do you think it will still have 4.2.2 in Jan 2015 when it comes out?

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Hmm....how about the Samsung S5 Active in a rugged case like say the Pelican ProGear Voyager. Rugged phone in a rugged case? A bit cheaper I think, but Panasonic's Tough line of products is pretty epic though.

How about the screen? What is it made of, and how impact-resistant is it?

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If you read past Android 4.2.2 you might find out that it's for enterprise that needs the tougher phones and large batteries. And it's pretty much for none of the typical people on this site. I'll take one with Windows 8.1 tho

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Exactly...and exactly why negatives in the comments section is uncalled for from people whom this device isn't intended for. It might turn out to be the perfect phone for what it was designed to do.

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I could see military applications for this. We already use their toughbook laptops for deployments this would make things even easier to access mission data, technical pubs, maps, etc.

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