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MWC 2016 | Panasonic unveils Toughpad FZ-F1/N1 rugged smartphone

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1/F1 rugged smartphone with Windows and Android
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1/F1
The FZ-F1 and FZ-N1 are the same device, but one runs Windows while the other runs Android, both offering the notorious ruggedness of the Toughpad family.

Panasonic is well known for its Toughpad family of devices that consists of laptops and tablets, most of them targeting large businesses and military customers that need their portables as sturdy as possible. However, at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Japanese company announced its first smartphone, although they called it a "handheld tablet" - the 4.7-inch Toughpad FZ-N1/FZ-F1.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 and FZ-F1 come with the following specs and features:

  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (no model mentioned)
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 16 GB internal storage
  • Display: 4.7-inch multitouch with 1,280X720 pixels
  • Cameras: none mentioned
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, dual-SIM, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, micro USB
  • Operating system: Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise (FZ-F1) or Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (FZ-N1)
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.61 pounds; 6.12X2.92X0.64 inches
  • Autonomy: 8 hours continuous operation and 24 hours talk time with standard battery, twice these values with long life battery

This upcoming Toughpad handset meets the IP65 and IP67 certification requirements. The WiFi-only variant of FZ-N1 is expected to hit the market next month starting at $1,499 USD while the voice model will follow this summer. The FZ-F1 will launch as a data and voice model this fall for an estimated street price of $1,599 USD.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-02-23 (Update: 2016-02-23)