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Mobile World Congress 2014: Panasonic Toughpad is half tablet, half tank

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Mobile World Congress 2014: Panasonic Toughpad is half tablet, half tank

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This 5-inch smartphone-tablet hybrid is shockingly chunky, with a hot-swappable battery and a blocky industrial design.

Hello. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, taking a look at two new Panasonic 5-inch Toughpads. Now, despite the pad name, at first glance, these devices look a little bit more like phones. However, actually holding them, they have more in common with the tanker thing on either a phone or a tablet. They're absolutely enormous. They're incredibly thick, very, very heavy, but that makes them extremely rugged. As well as toughened glass on the front, these things can survive drops of up to three meters, and they can survive under water down to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. This one's running Android version 4.2.2, while this one is running Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, which is kinda like a version of Windows phone for the professional market. Inside, they've each got 1.7 gigaHertz quad core processors, 2 gigabytes of RAM, 32 gigabytes of storage, 4G capability, and 8 megapixel cameras on the back. Also, on the top here, you'll find a barcode scanner. Now, I want to talk about the battery because these things have 6,200 miliAmp/hour batteries, so it means they're gonna last for a very long time. How long exactly is still up in the air, I'm told. But maybe we can expect two or three days of use. Now, these batteries are hot-swappable. And what that means is you can take one battery out, and the phone will stay alive for a few minutes while you put a new one in. Obviously, these are a long way from the gorgeous design and incredible portability of the iPhone 5S or the Galaxy S5. But to be honest, for the peace of mind that these things would give you, I'm kind of tempted. They seem so sturdy. I don't think you'd have to worry much about them. They're coming out in autumn, but there's no price yet. What are you more interested in, lovely design or sturdy construction? Let me know and check out CNET.com for loads more from Mobile World Congress.

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