Panasonic might not necessarily be the name that comes to mind when it comes to smartphones, but the company has recently outed a device at MWC 2016 in the form of the Panasonic FZ-N1, a smartphone that will set customers back a whopping $1,500, but definitely not for the reasons you might think.
Phones that cost this much are usually equated with luxury, like what we have seen with Vertu phones, but in the case of Panasonic’s FZ-N1, the reason it is priced so much is because of its protective features that we’re sure some of you guys in certain industries might be able to appreciate, like construction, military, and so on.
According to Panasonic, the handset will “feature a drop rating of 6’ and have also passed a torturous tumble test that saw the devices endure 2,000 consecutive 3.3’ drops” They are also “fully sealed against dust and are also submersible, in up to 3.3’ of water for 30 minutes, meeting IP65 and IP67 certification requirements. Its ruggedized glass screen ensures the high level of display reliability and durability.”
In terms of specs, there’s really not much to shout about. The phone will pack a 4.7-inch HD display and under the hood, a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset clocked at 2.3GHz can be found, along with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. Note that there are also two variants of the phone. There is the FZ-N1 which is the Android version of the phone, and the FZ-F1 which is the Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise version.
However both versions will pack the same hardware, but in terms of pricing, the FZ-F1 will be priced slightly higher at $1,599.