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Panasonic's newest Toughpad isn't a smartphone, except when it is

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When Panasonic said that it was done making smartphones, it meant it. The 5-inch Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1, you see, are very small tablets that just happen to make calls, okay? Both come with a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 LCD display, 2GB RAM, 32GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. Another way in which these devices aren't smartphones is in the connectivity stakes. After all, you wouldn't see a smartphone with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+, WCDMA, EV-DO, 3G and LTE radios, not to mention HD Voice, GPS and GLONASS, would you? Since these are Toughpad devices, they're both ruggedized to withstand drops, dust and water to MIL-810G, IP65 and IP68 -- so you can use the device's 8-megapixel camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing lens in any conditions. There's also a staggering 6,200mAh battery tucked inside, which the company promises will keep you trucking for 14 hours of continuous use and up to 1,000 hours of standby. The only real difference between the two smartphones small tablets is the choice of operating system, with the E1 running Windows 8 Embedded and the X1 packing Android 4.2.2. There's no specific word on pricing, but we could expect 'em to retail for around 130,000 yen ($1,300) when they both drop later in the year.

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