Panasonic Unveils 10-in. Toughpad FZ-A1 Tablet
The Toughpad family is designed to meet the same durability standards as the company's Toughbook laptop product line.Panasonic unveiled the Toughpad FZ-A1, a 10-inch tablet and the first in its Toughpad family of Google Android-powered tablets designed for highly mobile outdoor workers in conditions like aviation, construction, field service and public safety. Panasonic said it would add a 7-inch tablet to the Toughpad range in the second half of 2012. The FZ-A1, introduced Nov. 7, has a high brightness, 10.1-in XGA, capacitive multitouch, daylight-viewable screen with an anti-glare coating, an active digitizer that records pressure, direction and speed along with the signature, so the signing of a document has greater legal authority. In addition, the battery is replaceable, ensuring mid-life battery upgrades. The 10-in. Toughpad will be available in Europe in the spring of 2012 for about $1,175 for the standard model and $1,380 for the 3G model.
The Toughpad family is designed to meet the same durability standards as the company's Toughbook laptop product line. The FZ-A1 has a military standard (MIL-STD) 810G rating for 4-foot drops as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water. The FZ-A1 is also rated for use in extreme temperatures. The range of tablets will be supported by an ecosystem that includes a range of work accessories, such as vehicle mounting and ergonomic hands-free holsters. Panasonic and its partners said they would also provide professional services such as project management, imaging and kitting.