Panasonic today announced the launch of a super rugged 5-inch handheld tablet, The Toughpad FZ-X1. Running on Android OS, I believe after reading the specs, you will realize that this device can survive in the harshest conditions. It will be available from today. Pricing and some technical details are in the Press Release.
Fearless of Water, Dust or Heights – Panasonic’s New Toughpad Handheld Tablet Gets Smaller and Tougher
Five-Inch Android Tablet with Voice and Data Connectivity withstands Three-Metre Drops and is Submersible, Meeting the Most Demanding Enterprise Requirements
Singapore (3 June 2015) – Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, today announced the launch of its fully-rugged, five-inch handheld tablet in Asia at CommunicAsia2015. The Toughpad® FZ-X1, running the Android™ 4.2.2 operating system, is an enterprise-class handheld tablet – with voice and data connectivity – designed for mission-critical mobile workers.
With 14-hour hot-swappable batteries, a built-in barcode scanner and sunlight-readable HD touchscreens that work even in pouring rain, the Toughpad FZ-X1 is purpose-built to improve efficiency and productivity for mobile professionals in logistics, warehousing, utilities, retail, telecommunications and defence industries.
“With the expanding mobile workforce and growing infrastructure investments across Asia, organizations of all sizes are evaluating their enterprise mobility strategy to ensure their mobile workers are equipped with the right devices to consistently get connected to secured data,” said Soh Peng Kiat, General Manager, Toughbook Solutions Team, Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific. “Building on our legacy of nearly two decades of rugged devices, Panasonic designed the Toughpad FZ-X1 to withstand the harshest conditions, keeping workers connected to the data they need to do their jobs, to one another and to the customers they are supporting.”
Like Panasonic’s market-leading Toughbook® laptops and convertibles, Toughpad tablets are engineered to deliver performance, security and reliability in extreme operating conditions where consumer devices would fail. They are also built for easy integration into existing IT infrastructures, smooth deployment and ongoing support, and provide organizations with longer life cycles that translate to lower total costs of ownership.
With the broadest range of configuration options available in its class, industry-leading reliability and enterprise-grade feature sets, the Toughpad FZ-X1 is ideal for a host of usage scenarios, including delivery and routing, inspections, inventory management, field service and sales, work order management, public safety evidence collection and facility management. The Toughpad FZ-X1 is supported by an ecosystem of accessories such as vehicle mounts and chargers, holsters and vertical market specific application solutions from leading vendors.
Fully Rugged, Secure and Enterprise-Ready
With resistance to drops of up to three metres, the Toughpad FZ-X1 goes beyond MIL-STD-810G specifications to assure in-field reliability. The device is fully sealed against dust and is submersible in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes, meeting IP68 certification requirements. It boasts an
operating temperature range of -20°C to +60°C and is also tested for resistance to impact, shock, vibration, altitude and extreme humidity.
The Toughpad FZ-X1 is FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant, with OS-based enhanced security features to meet the needs of government and enterprise customers. The device’s numerous unique enterprise-grade features include a sunlight-readable, anti-reflective HD (1280×720) 10-point capacitive multi-touchscreen that works even with heavy gloves, with a rain-sensing feature that allows for single touch use even in pouring rain. In addition to 8.0MP (rear) and 1.3MP (front) cameras, configuration options such as an integrated 1D/2D barcode reader and attachable magnetic stripe reader allow enterprises to customise the ideal tool for their workforces.
Voice and Data Connectivity
The Toughpad FZ-X1 is the first device in the Toughpad® line to offer optional voice connectivity. It will be available with a micro SIM slot and 4G LTE/3G data.
Clear Voice Communications
To ensure clear voice communication above engine or construction noise, the device is equipped with intelligent noise cancelling and dual front speakers reaching a maximum volume of 100 decibels — about as loud as the average home stereo system.
Industry-Leading 14-Hour* Battery Life
A major requirement for enterprise mobile solutions is strong full-shift battery performance. With a 6200mAh battery providing up to 14 hours of continuous use based on Panasonic test conditions, the Toughpad FZ-X1 is purpose-built to enable workforce productivity. A quick-charging feature allows for a 50% charge in just 1 hour and Hot Swap functionality allows a depleted battery to be swapped out for a fresh one without powering down the device, providing virtually unlimited use.
Pricing and Availability
The Toughpad FZ-X1 with WiFi or mobile broadband data connectivity will be available from 3 June 2015 in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia at a list price of US$1,499 (WiFi-only) or US$1,699 (mobile broadband data). All Toughpad devices can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers.
- Operating System: Android 4.2.2
- Processor: Qualcomm® APQ8064T 1.7GHz Quad-core processor
- Rugged Durability: MIL-STD-810G certified with three-metre drop resistance; IP68 rated fully sealed design (sealed against dust and submersible in water up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes), operating temperature range of -20°C to +60°C
- Handheld Portability: 0.95lb, 1.2” thin (with barcode reader)
- Industry-Leading Battery Life: Up to 14 hours continuous data access time; up to 23 hours talk time; up to 1000 hours standby time. User replaceable high capacity battery with hot swap function.
- Enterprise-Grade Display: 5″ HD (1280 x 720) daylight-readable display with glove and rain mode.
- Storage and Memory: 32 GB flash memory; 2GB RAM; micro SDXC card slot for storage expansion of up to 64 GB.
- Connectivity & I/O: optional 4G LTE, HSPA+, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, GSM, WLAN IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, near field communications (NFC), standalone GPS, Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1), Micro USB 2.0; optional integrated 1D/2D barcode reader with 36 types of barcode supported.
- Camera: 8MP rear camera with auto focus and LED light; 1.3MP front camera
- Security: FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant
* Battery life measurement conditions: Wireless LAN connection enabled; continuous access to the server while browsing; swipe every 1 second; page change every 30 seconds, communication every 30 seconds.
For a full list of specifications and more detailed information, visit www.panasonictoughbook.asia. For more information on these solutions and to meet with a Panasonic representative, please stop by CommunicAsia booth #BB3-12.
About Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific
Based in Singapore, Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific is the B2B solutions division of Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, the South East Asia and Pacific (APAC) subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific delivers B2B solutions for government and commercial enterprises of all sizes that cover unified business communications, mobile computing, data storage, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, visual communications (projectors, professional displays, digital signage) and imaging network solutions (broadcast and professional video).