Tablets rugged enough to survive industry demands

Panasonic have complemented its range of Toughpad rugged business tablets with the announcement today of two new devices - the lightweight 10.1" Windows 8 Pro and its first Android 7" tablet
 Panasonic's slim Windows 8 Toughpad, the FZ-G1

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Panasonic designed the Toughpad range to meet the growing demand for purpose-built tablets that feature the latest functionality, yet can withstand the rigorous demands of engineers and technicians out in the field.

Rugged and Slim Windows 8 Toughpad

The FZ-G1 is Panasonic’s first rugged Windows 8 Pro tablet, specifically designed for workers who spend much of their time either within or from vehicles at job sites.

Weighing only 1.1kg, the tablet offers two-way touch input via its capacitive multi-touch screen and digitizer pen and combines extra wide viewing angles, strengthened glass and a Full HD screen.

Marketing Director of Panasonic Computer Product Solutions, Jan Kaempfer stated:

“We believe the FZ-G1 sets the new benchmark in the market for outdoor screen visibility. This combined with the latest features of Windows 8 Pro and Panasonic’s experience of making rugged devices with proven TCO, users will experience a new freedom of fully integrated workflows.”

The FZ-G1 can operate for up to eight hours on its standard 6-cell battery, or up to 16 with an optional 16-cell alternative. Front and rear camera with dual flash capability allows clear document, asset or site photos, regardless of light conditions and comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD as standard, with an optional 256GB SSD.    

7” Android Toughpad

The JT-B1 is Panasonic’s first ergonomically designed, rugged 7” Android tablet, combining the power of Android 4.0 with Panasonic’s legacy of rugged mobile computing devices.  

Weighing 544g, the capacitive 7” display offers high visibility and low reflection, with the dimpled, concave surface aiding one-handed use, supported by a back-fitted hand strap doubling as a carry handle.

Fitted with a front and rear camera, the device can easily handle detailed documentation and image capture, and comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB Flash storage.

The open interface of Android allows 3rd part developers to custom-design specialist peripherals and accessories for the tablets such as barcode readers, payment devices and smartcard readers, for a fully-customisable experience.

In the UK, the Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available from official distributors and Panasonic partners from February 2013, priced from £1,582 plus vat for the Standard model and £1,730 for the 3G version. The JT-B1 Standard model will be £591 and the 3G version £706 (all prices exclude VAT)

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