We’re here at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where Windows devices are being treated with more love than usually. For the past few years, we’ve been accustomed to reporting only on traditional Windows devices, such as laptops, but it seems that consumers are more and more interested in Windows 10 Mobile, 2-in-1 and other products coming from Microsoft.
In that spirit, Panasonic has announced the Toughpad FZ-F1, which isn’t exactly a device aimed for the regular consumer. Although Panasonic calls it a tablet, it actually comes with a 4.7 inch high definition 1280 x 720 sunlight-viewable display, which can be considered small when compared to your regular phablet.
The reason why Panasonic insists this device is actually a tablet, is the fact that they claim this is actually a handheld tablet. It is running Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise and comes with the following specs, as well:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core CPU with 2 GB RAM
- 16 GB Flash storage
- 3200 mAh battery that offers up to eight hours of continuous operating time, along with an optional extended 6200 MaH battery which could increase battery life by up to 16 hours
- Dirt, drop, and water resistant
- 280 grams weight
As you probably guessed by its name, the Toughpad Fz-F1 is a device made to resist in all kinds of environments, and it also comes with enterprise grade security. Microsoft says for whom exactly this device is an useful addition:
Designed with postal workers, as well as professionals in the warehouse, retail, manufacturing, and emergency services in mind
It comes with support for multi carrier 4G LTE, voice capabilities, and dual sim cards. The tablet comes with support for 10-point capacitive multi-touch with rain sensing and glove touch mode, along with an optional stylus pen.
Since this device is aimed at workers, most likely those handling cargo and working in logistics, it comes with an integrated angled barcode reader and a multi-touch daylight readable display.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 handheld tablet will be available starting in the second half of 2016 for European customers, being priced quite expensively at £1291 plus taxes.