Panasonic reveals 5-inch phone running Windows Embedded 8

Panasonic has yet to release its long-awaited and massive 20-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, but today it revealed a device on the opposite end of the size spectrum: a rugged phone that will use Microsoft's Windows Embedded 8 operating system.

The 5-inch device is the FZ-E1, which Panasonic refers to as a tablet, can make voice calls on cellular networks, though Windows Embedded 8 is typically used by business and enterprise customers for non-phone products. Notably, the FZ-E1 is more than an inch thick and has rubberized buttons designed for a lot of abuse, features typically not found in smartphones. Engadget reports that the FZ-E1 has a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and a huge 6,200mAh battery that will allow the device to run up to 14 hours.

Panasonic is also selling an Android 4.2.2 version, the FZ-X1, that will come out at the same time as the FZ-E1. Both of them will be released later this year in Japan for 130,000 yen ($1,300), but there's no word on when they might reach the U.S.

Source: Panasonic | Image via Endgadget

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Hello,

Just to confirm, the Windows Embedded version of the device uses a Qualcomm processor. Is that correct? If so, I'd suspect it might be a derivative of Windows RT 8.1.

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Aryeh Goretsky

This is the second Windows Embedded 8 device announced so far.

When the first was announced I checked the product page which is sort of a placeholder page that says that windows embedded 8 is an extension to WP8 adding support for card readers, barcode readers etc.

Highly doubtful this is in any way related. Wasn't the price cut for low-end Windows devices only, not WP? A toughened device like this for field use is going to be anything but cheap.

neonspark said,
amazing how suddenly all these OEMs are embracing WP after the huge price cut.

Price cut was for Windows 8.1. Nothing to do with windows phone.

The windows phone UI is just a shell for the NT/RT kernel, so I guess they can slap it on any version they wish, a bit like the start panel

quoted from cnet:
"upcoming Windows Embedded Handset 8 operating system (meant for enterprise use), but with a Windows Phone 8 skin -- the OS has not been released, and Microsoft doesn't want to reveal how the UI looks like just yet."

So yeah a WP skin for Windows Embedded device edition pro ultimate enterprise.

Curious to see if they brought any WP8 runtimes and not just the shell, so you can presumably run WP8 apps.

On second thought, why aren't they just using WP8?

billyea said,
Curious to see if they brought any WP8 runtimes and not just the shell, so you can presumably run WP8 apps.

On second thought, why aren't they just using WP8?

I think it'll have any new UI changes that WP8.1 will bring that they haven't shown yet. As to why use this and not WP, I think it might be because embedded can be tweaked more than WP since it's basically the full Windows OS but without all the UI buts and also the ability to add the parts you want, more flexible.

Security maybe? Most phone operating systems don't exactly meet Common Criteria (generally a requirement for use by government agencies and their contractors) - however, Windows Embedded 8 (like the non-embedded counterpart) can.

Bibble said,
...for Windows Embedded device edition pro ultimate enterprise.

Now THAT is a mouth full...

Edited by wernercd, Feb 25 2014, 6:41pm :

billyea said,
Curious to see if they brought any WP8 runtimes and not just the shell, so you can presumably run WP8 apps.

On second thought, why aren't they just using WP8?


Maybe it's an indication of where Microsoft is going in terms of merging WP and WinRT.