Panasonic launches the world’s lightest rugged tablet, Toughpad FZ-N1. Not sure why it is called a tablet rather than a mobile though (as it has just a 4.7-inch screen with mobile (4G) capability). It comes integrated with an angled rear barcode reader. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 Android 5.1.1 handheld tablet comes with a standard 3-year warranty, and will be available from November 2016, priced at USD$1,665.
As you may already know, this device is for companies who uses bar-code reading primarily and going towards paperless. With its voice capability, bar code reader and rugged stats, I am sure it is a good investment. Read the Press Release for more information.
PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST FULLY RUGGED HANDHELD TABLET, TOUGHPAD™ FZ-N1
ITS UNIQUE ANGLED REAR BARCODE READER ENHANCES USER PROTECTION AND PRODUCTIVITY
SINGAPORE – 14 November 2016 Panasonic today announced the launch of the Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1, the world’s lightest1 fully rugged handheld tablet. Its smallest Toughpad™ device to date, the 4.7-inch Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 handheld tablet can be easily held and operated in one hand. It weighs well below 280g, and comes packed with productivity features in an ergonomically-designed case. With its integrated angled rear barcode reader which enhances user protection and productivity, this device is well-suited for workers in the logistics and transportation sectors.
“The Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 significantly raises the bar for the handheld market. It combines the best of handheld, smartphone, and barcode reader functionality into an all-round rugged tablet which offers ultimate flexibility, portability, and productivity to meet the varied needs of the mobile workforce,” said Yasuhide Fukunaga, General Manager of Toughbook™ Solution Team, ASEAN. “The Toughpad™ FZ-N1 builds on the legacy of Panasonic’s industry-leading rugged devices which provide all-inclusive innovative solutions for professionals working in the toughest business environments.”
Angled rear BCR for protection and productivity
The angled rear barcode reader on the Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 reduces the risk of repetitive strain injuries by removing the need for users to bend at the elbow or wrist when scanning. It also enables users to read the device screen while scanning, so workers can complete the process faster than when using a traditional straight line barcode reader. In addition, this Toughpad™ comes with barcode reader activation buttons on either side of the device, making it easy to use by left- and right-handed workers.
Equipped with a 4.7” HD capacitive multi-touch daylight-readable display, the Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 handheld tablet is designed for use by workers in bright sunlight or in the rain, and those who need to operate touchscreens with gloves. In addition, the optional passive and active pens allow for more accurate signature recording and recognition capabilities.
Voice and data on the move
The Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 handheld tablets are equipped with both 4G LTE / 3G data and voice communications. These slim 16.3mm devices are well-equipped for phone calls in noisy environments: they each come with triple microphones for superior noise suppression and dual front speakers delivering up to 100 dBA for enhanced sound clarity.
To ensure mobile workers are always connected, the handheld tablet has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. It also comes with an 8MP rear and 5MP front camera for document capture and webcam use, as well as a micro USB port, micro SD card slot, and dual micro SIM slots.
The Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 runs on Android™ 5.1.1 with the Android™ for Work functionality, providing IT departments peace of mind by enabling them to separate business apps from personal apps on the device, thereby easing data security and management. The device is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Quad-core CPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB of Flash storage for greater worker productivity.
Coupled with a standard battery and an optional extended battery targeting to deliver up to 8 and 16 hours continuous operating time respectively, the Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 handheld tablet is built to last.
Rich set of accessories
The Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 handheld tablet is launched with a range of support accessories, including a hand strap, cradle, holster, charging cradle stand, and an extended battery.
The device also comes with its own vehicle docking solution, designed in-house by the Panasonic Global Docking Solutions team. The dock has been ergonomically designed using composite materials for the perfect combination of lightweight and durability, and allows for single-handed docking and release.
Rugged yet user-friendly
This lightweight and ergonomic device draws upon Panasonic’s market-leading heritage for ruggedness with a MIL-STD-810G certification, an IP67 rating for dust and water submersion, 1.8-metre drop resistance and the ability to withstand as many as 1,000 tumbles from a height of 1 metre.
Pricing and availability
The Panasonic Toughpad™ FZ-N1 Android™ 5.1.1 handheld tablet comes with a standard 3-year warranty, and will be available from November 2016, priced at USD$1,665.
About Panasonic ToughbookTM
Built to enable productivity, efficiency and innovation, Panasonic’s ToughbookTM series of rugged, reliable handheld and tablet computers have been changing the way Asian companies do business since 1996. Engineered to perform, the ToughbookTM series is the tool of choice for highly mobile workers who execute mission-critical tasks which require enhanced security, advanced device management and superior connectivity. Whether it’s a government looking to stop illegal logging in a rainforest, or a hospital that needs to improve the accuracy of information being captured at the point of care or even an enterprise where service advisors need access to information in the field, more and more organizations are turning to Panasonic to create a truly mobile enterprise. For more information, please go to www.panasonictoughbook.asia.
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).
As of 22nd February 2016, among handheld tablets which have 1.8m drop resistance, 4.7” and over display and dedicated barcode reader.
The Japanese model weighs 275g and the European model weighs 277g.
At any given instance, only one SIM is active and it can be switched to the other SIM by GUI which means, Dual SIM – Single Standby.
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.