Japanese electronics major Panasonic has unveiled a rugged handheld in its Toughbook series of devices today. Dubbed as the Toughbook FZ-T1, one would easily mistake it for another rugged laptop simply from its name. However, this is a handheld that has a Wi-Fi variant which costs £1,142 (approx $1515 / Rs 1,03,000). There’s also a Wi-Fi + LTE variant that costs at £1,214 (approx $1615 / Rs 1,09,000).
The Toughbook FZ-T1 is primarily built with enterprise customers in mind. Its distinguished feature is the barcode scanner that can be activated by left and right-sided buttons. Panasonic says that the handheld can be used in the retail sector for shelf stocking, assisted sales or order taking and queue busting. Moreover, with IP68 ratings, as well as MIL-STD-810G certification, it can also be used by field workers. It also has glove and rain modes for ease of use in these specific situations.
Besides that, it is a bulky piece of machinery with 154 x 75 x 13.1 mm dimensions and weighs 240 grams. It has Android 8.1 Oreo but features a Snapdragon 212 clocked at 1.1GHz. The display is 5-inch HD and there’s 2GB of RAM with 16GB of expandable internal storage. The Toughbook FZ-T1 also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB ports. The handheld comes with a 3,200mAh battery and can survive rough temperatures from 10 degrees Celsius to 50 degrees Celsius.
Both the above-mentioned models will be sold in August with 3 years of warranty.