IFA 2014 Panasonic has added a rugged Android-powered smartphone to the deluge of hardware coming out of IFA this week. The announcement of the Toughpad FZ-X1 goes all the way back to Mobile World Congress, but today marks retail availability of the Android version of the handset for £1024. The Windows model will be coming out in November.

Some of the more interesting features here include a built-in barcode scanner and programmable hardware keys, but here's a rundown of the specs.

  • Android 4.2.2
  • 4G LTE / 3G Data and Voice capability
  • Qualcomm APQ8064T 1.7GHz Quad-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM and 32GB flash storage
  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 daylight-readable display with Glove & Rain mode
  • MIL-STD 810G certified with 3 meter drop resistance
  • IP68 rated (Submersible in water up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes)
  • -20°C to +60°C operating temperature
  • User replaceable high capacity battery with hot swap function
  • Up to 14 hours continuous data access time; up to 23 hours talk time; up to 1000 hours standby time
  • Integrated 1D/2D Barcode reader
  • Enterprise level security (FIPS140-2 level-1 compliant & Built-in ARM TrustZone)

Though the specs might not blow you away, this is exactly the kind of thing many businesses need in rough-and-tumble industrial applications, and no doubt are willing to pay for the right tool for the job.

Anybody interested in snagging an FZ-X1 Toughpad can find them at Panasonic's online store.

Source: Panasonic