Panasonic has expanded its Toughpad line of enterprise-grade tablets with the introduction of the Toughpad FZ-G1, a 10-inch tablet featuring Windows 8 Pro, and the availability of the Toughpad JT-B1, a 7-inch Android-powered unit.
Both devices follow the original 10-inch Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 which became broadly available late last year.
Toughpad tablets are designed for mission-critical and highly mobile applications in a wide range of fields. They are MIL-STD-810G tested for drops, fluid ingress and temperature, to assure they deliver reliable performance under demanding circumstances that can render typical tablets non-operational.
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 third party apps), and multiple options for peripheral connectivity.
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 (MDM) tools are also available to allow IT managers to manage applications, secure devices from unauthorized use and perform many other tasks.
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
Processor: Third Generation Intel Core i5-3437U vPro 1.9 GHz up to 2.9 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
Display: 10.1-inch, 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 inches
Weight: 2.43 pounds
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.
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
Operating System: Android 4.0
Processor: TI OMAP4460 1.5 GHz Dual core
Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, micro SDHC
Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 5’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
Display: 7-inch, 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 inches
Weight: 1.2 pounds
Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE + 3G
I/O: Micro USB
Toughpad tablets are supported by an ecosystem that includes an enterprise-focused app store, developer tools and deployment support. Panasonic will offer a full set of accessories to support the Toughpad line, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards, magnetic stripe readers, smart card readers and multi-unit storage and charging solutions.
The Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March starting at $2,899, while the Toughpad JT-B1 will ship in February starting at $1,199. The Toughpad FZ-A1 is now shipping, starting at $1,299. All Toughpad tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers.
Toughpad FZ-A1 LTE Certification: Powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the Toughpad FZ-A1 is now certified on the Verizon Wireless 4G/LTE network.
All products in the Toughpad family come standard with a 3-year warranty.