The rugged smartphones market is pretty big, but the same can’t be said about the rugged tablets one. Fortunately, Panasonic stepped up and just announced something for both sides: two Panasonic Toughbooks running Android 8.1.
The best feature by far is the “warm swappable” batteries, which means you can take them out and replace them with a spare without rebooting the device.
For those looking for a small rugged phone, the Toughbook T1 offers a barcode scanner and a 5-inch multi-touch capacitive screen that can be used with both gloves and passive stylus. It’s also designed to face seriously adverse conditions, like being submerged for 30 minutes in water (IP68 rating) and being dropped from 5 feet.
For more intense uses like retail, warehouses or field work, the Toughbook L1 is the 7-inch tablet proposed by Panasonic. It can be used with a stylus, has the same barcode reader but also lands more points in the rugged department. The Panasonic Toughbook L1 has all-weather IP65 and IP67 dust resistance.
Of course, this won’t come cheap, as the new Toughbook line starts at $1,499 for the most basic models.