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Panasonic announces the FZ-E1, a new Windows Embedded 8 Handheld device

Panasonic FZ-E1

Panasonic returns to the smartphone market with a new device running Windows Embedded 8 Handheld. The announcement comes from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We don’t cover Windows Embedded too much, because these are devices that are more oriented towards enterprise users. Plus it was only just last month that we first learned Panasonic was working with Microsoft to build a new handheld device for enterprise, the FZ-E1 is it. Specs and more info below.

The FZ-E1 isn’t going to win any awards in the consumer space, but again, that’s because this is geared towards enterprise scenarios. That said, you do get a 5-inch display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. It’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 at 2.3 GHz. Inside it has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The rear camera is 8MP, while the front-facing camera is 1.3 MP. The battery capacity is 6,200 mAh. Talk about battery life. You also get Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/n/n/ac, micro USB port, GSP and NFC.

This is a very, very tough phone. It features a MIL-STD-810G military rating, survive a drop from 3 meters and stay submerged in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minute. The Panasonic FZ-E1 can operate in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius.

If you’re a superhero in your spare time you might want the FZ-E1.

However, this isn’t a phone aimed at the consumer space. The FZ-E1 is running Windows Embedded 8 Handheld for the OS. Sure, it’s build on Windows Phone 8 and can run apps from the Windows Phone Store, but it goes beyond that.

Windows Embedded 8 Handheld allows businesses and developers to create specific applications for enterprises. Devices running Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, like the Panasonic FZ-E1, can easily be outfitted with extra peripherals like barcode scanners and credit card readers. Developers can then create line-of-business applications aimed directly at Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices.

So imagine checking out at a store, a sales associate could use the FZ-E1 outfitted with a credit card reader and barcode scanner to complete the transaction.

The FZ-E1 will be available in Japan first, followed by a rollout in the United States and Europe. Retail pricing starts at $1,300.

We’ll hit up the Panasonic booth tomorrow for some hands-on photos and coverage.

Source: Panasonic, Via/Image: Reuters



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Flavio76 says:

What a monster, ugh

Crazy military people

stui83 says:

Looks tough, handy for science applications where the person who coded the app retires

SocalTouch says:

The most interesting part of the article to me was the fact that Windows Embedded wad sharing the store with Windows Phone and not Windows Store. Looks like WP is the one that will survive once WP and WinRT are merged.

Tips_y says:

Somebody can also hit you in the head with that thing and it'll crack your skull - so it's also a deadly weapon! LOL!

Hence the words "military rating" :)

No more ugh than wrapping your phone in an Otter Box. Yet likely a lot more durable.

Paragon Lost says:

Though still I think a bit more tougher than the Otterbox. Though I do like my Otterbox on my new Nokia Icon.   

Paragon Lost says:

I wouldn't consider it crazy to want a rugged device. I can also see a lot of non military companies wanting it too.

MikeSo says:

I wouldn't mind buying that for the battery alone...

douglasbaiao says:

Why can't other OEMs put this battery in the phones??!? Is Panasonic special?

jcrus says:

People would complain about the weight. This phone is designed for rugged use where you might not have a charger nearby (industrial floor doing inventory or field work). Those applications it's better to have battery life than shave a few ounces.

rysliv says:

Screw weight, give me a bigger battery in a 4.5 - 5" form factor and I'll be pleased. I don't need a phone that is as  light as a feather, and I'm certainly not willing to give up on features for its weight and thickness.

willied says:

Because these aren't small devices.

yeah panasonic is good at batteries

Lumia 8x says:

Haven't you seen all action movies? All the secret agents carry Panasonic Toughbook notebooks like Mr. and Mrs. Smith. So no it's not for consumers.

That's what I was thinking until I saw the $1,300 price tag at the end! Lol!


They cut some corners, I think!
I expected over 2000 €uros (or about  2500 USD)
Miracast and 1920 x 1080b screen with Windows Phone 8.1 and I'll surely buy it,
but I also expect quad SIM and 22 4G frequences plus USB 3 (at least)
I need a custom silicone shell because 10 ft drop survival is not enough...

_Emi_ says:

mmm I want 10 of these nice panafonic phones :)

mjfadaway says:

So is this the OS they use in the Microsoft Stores to ring people up?

cannon#WP says:

Probably. I doubt they'd use WE7.

Dusteater says:

No, they use regular consumer hardware with Microsoft Dynamics applications loaded on them.

Seventhson74 says:

They use Nokia 920's with a credit card reader...

Pivotgeeks says:

Now tats wat you call a Tank..

Dadstar0410 says:

Boy, what I would do for a fully-white phone like this one. With the black hardware buttons. Talk about Stormtrooper.

shadow118 says:

Bit of tape and a can of spray-paint, add a galactic empire logo on the back and there you go :D

duct tape... you sound like Michael Westen from Burn Notice (who used to be a spy btw). :)

AhmaDev says:

1,300$ ... too cheap

That's why you can buy yourself a new Vertu for every Christmas!
BTW: they changed the OS to Android...
One can also special order through a gemsmith.
I can give you the address in London, if you need it

jcrus says:

Sure it can survive a 3 meter drop but throw a Nokia at it and it'll shatter.

rockstarzzz says:

Cant throw anything anymore. Nokia phone dies in 5 weeks.

pedenske says:

more like under new management

rockstarzzz says:

Nope. More like won't exist.

Talbot690 says:

Wouldn't be surprised if the new monkey incharge of Ms decides to scrap WP altogether and focus on scamdroid devices....

jcrus says:

Wow, so much hate in one post.

XeroJC2000 says:

Smells like a plant and I LOL at the orginal post and Haters gonna hate they're just Jealous... #LumiaTakinOverEurope #MicrosoftIstheFuture ##arepointless

ohgood says:

hmm, they make the exact phone in wp and android versions. nice. i'll be getting one of the android versions if it makes it to the states. 

sasukeluffy says:

Dat battery.. Me want!

cybermoose89 says:

That's alot of zeros

NIST says:

So you need a $1300 phone to swipe a card? Doesn't every iPhone and android so that already? That battery is drool worthy though.

As does WP, but clearly there is mor to it than that.

lippidp says:

These are ruggedized. That means they won't break so easily as consumer phones. They can be found in warehouses, flight attendants will use them, military, police, and anywhere where people are doing heavy lifting.

Someone pleassssseeee upload a picture of Hulk carrying one of these in green, or Thor with one vs his hammer.

Jack Larson1 says:

Or it getting run over by an 18 wheeler.

I actually want this phone.

What seems odd is that these two models share same chassie. Why didn't they just dual boot the sucker and call it even?

rodneyej says:

Because then it would have cost $2600..

AccentAE86 says:

You also get Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/n/n/ac, micro USB port, GSP and NFC


It MUST be tough.  It comes with Georges St. Pierre as standard.

A dual boot phone?

mrCh3p3 says:

I love Panasonsic, it looks awesome but the price is f*ucking high, I'll keep my 1020

tropolite says:

:-) Being pedantic here mrCh3p3... usually the asterisk replaces a letter i.e. f*cking    #Justsaying

simphf says:

Am I the only one that sees the vibrate icon in a different spot? Is this running 8.1?

Rem97 says:

Yeah, it definitely is in a different position.

kc77 says:

I would love to have this phone! I loved the G'zOne because of its rugged design and toughness. The battery is absolutely amazing too!

AccentAE86 says:

Looks huge, but probably no bigger than an S4 in an otterbox.  

SwimSwim says:

Oooohhhhh... So THAT'S what those Lumia 900's at the Microsoft Store use.... I was curious as to what special build of Windows Phone they use. (and I would assume the Lumia 900's at the Microsoft Store would be Windows Embedded 7.X or an equivalent, rather than Windows Embedded 8).

Jack Larson1 says:

Waterproof, indestructible, good tech, big screen and massive battery? Sign me up!

L0gic Bom8 says:

I wish I could see these as cases for the L1520 phone. Too bad Otterbox and other rugged case makers don't care for us...

Somerichs says:

I would love for Panny to take a stab at a consumer-oriented (windows) phone. I'd wager they could come up with something really cool...

MMissionary says:

I think every phone made by Fujitsu is made to take anything.

blackfire says:

That scenario of going to a retail store and having a rep scanning your items with a phone and swiping a credit card with the phone, as described in the article, already exists for iOS, and it doesn't require a special version of the OS. I experienced this first hand when I went out shopping with my wife last weekend. Doesn't the regular Windows Phone 8 OS allow for that type of attachments already?

dorelse says:

Think the Schwan's man, inventory folks, etc.  Folks who are going to beat the crap out of the device on a daily basis.

Our Schwan's guy still comes do the door with an ancient WinCE device.  Perfect solution for them!

MrDaedra says:

6200 mAh is great!

Kooosh says:

Specs make it worth $500, add maybe $100 for the sturdiness factors. $1300? Hiliarious. 

slyronit says:

For everyone here who is drooling at the above device, did you notice that neither the WE or the Android version have the Phone Tile/Icon? It might not even have a Phone radio.

Good, now I can finally check twitter during my Arctic expedition.

Sounds cool if pronounced F zed-E1. Less cool if pronounced F zee-E1, if you ask me.

anujklkr says:

looks stellar and solid!

dat battery & specs:D

also dat price tag lolol..

nice to hear from panasonic

BlackGoku says:

Yucks!What a horrible looking phone!

ltjordan24 says:

  If they weren't so damn big and expensive, I'd consider one. Those things are damn near indestructable.