Panasonic Expands Toughpad Line
Jan 14, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Panasonic announced it expanded its Toughpad line of enterprise-grade tablets with the introduction of the Toughpad FZ-G1, a 10" tablet featuring Windows 8 Pro, and the availability of the Toughpad JT-B1, a 7" Android-powered unit.
According to a release, both devices follow the original 10" Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 which became broadly available late last year.
"For nearly 20 years, Panasonic has engineered the most reliable mobile computing devices on the market," said Rance Poehler, president, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. "Because our customers know they can count on our products to deliver performance and return on investment, Panasonic - through its Toughbook brand - holds nearly 80 percent market share in the rugged mobile device space. We believe our engineering acumen, vertical market expertise and reputation for reliability, backed by our world-class service, will result in the Toughpad family being the leading B2B tablet solution in the coming years."
Hide Harada, Director, IT Products Business Unit, said, "The goal for Panasonic is to achieve 50 percent market share in the ruggedized tablet space by 2015."
Toughpad FZ-G1 Key Features
-Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
-Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3437U vPro 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
-Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
-Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4' drop, IP65, 14 degrees to 122 degrees F (operational temp range)
-Display: 10.1", sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer, 800nit, WUXGA (1920x1200)
-Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
-Dimensions: 10.6" x 7.4" x 0.75"
-Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G
-I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0, wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.
Toughpad JT-B1 Key Features
-Operating System: Android 4.0
-Processor: TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual core
-Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, micro SDHC
-Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 5' drop, IP65, 14 degrees to 122 degrees F (operational temp range)
-Display: 7", daylight viewable, 500nit, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
-Camera: Front: 1.3Mp fixed focus, Rear: 13.0Mp auto focus w/ LED light
-Battery: 8.0 hours - Large 5,720mAh battery (user-replaceable)
-Dimensions: 8.7"x 5.1" x 0.7"
-Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE + 3G
-I/O: Micro USB
Toughpad tablets are MIL-STD-810G tested for drops, fluid ingress and temperature.
Devices feature daylight viewable screens, user-replaceable or serviceable batteries, a stylus for signature capture and handwriting (on the FZ-G1 and FZ-A1 with 3rd party apps), and multiple options for peripheral connectivity.
"Our Toughpad tablets were designed based on years of input from customers," said Poehler. "This customer feedback is a critical part of the development process and will continue to shape Toughbook and Toughpad devices in the future. The wide variety of devices in the Toughbook and Toughpad families is a clear indication that we build products to meet our customers' needs."
Enterprise-class mobile computing requires an enhanced level of device security and the Toughpad family is designed with this in mind. Security features like encryption, IPsec VPN, trusted boot, root protection and FIPS compliance are available in various configurations of the Toughpad FZ-A1 and Toughpad JT-B1. Compatibility with Mobile device management tools are also available to allow IT managers to manage applications, secure devices from unauthorized use and perform many other tasks.
The 10" Windows 8 Pro-based Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March. The 7" Android-powered Toughpad JT-B1 will ship in February. The 10" Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 is now shipping. Toughpad tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers.
Powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the 10" Toughpad FZ-A1 is now certified on the Verizon Wireless 4G/LTE network.
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