Panasonic unveils Toughpad FZ-Q1, the latest member of its Toughpad family of enterprise-grade ruggedized tablet devices.
This business-grade tablet is designed for the highly mobile field worker, in either government or private sectors, who needs a device more durable than a consumer tablet. Applications include code enforcement, home health, transportation, POS retail environments, small business applications and more.
To meet varying market needs, the device will come in two configurations, a performance version featuring an Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro processor and a standard model with an Intel Celeron processor N2807.
The tablet sports a 12.5 inch Anti-reflective display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixel. Intel Celeron processor model is packed with 4GB of RAM and runs on Windows 8.1 Pro, it can be updated to the latest Windows 10. While, the Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro processor is paired with 8GB of RAM.
"When fully rugged notebooks were introduced, we slowly saw the demand grow for similar solutions that were less robust," said Jan Ruderman, Vice President, Business Mobility Group, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America.
The Toughpad FZ-Q1 provides the ideal level of durability for light duty field work. With a shock absorbing case and a magnesium alloy chassis, the device can withstand drops, comes with a fanless design and is resistant to dirt and dust. It is the perfect mobile computing companion for the highly mobile worker who needs a semi-rugged device.
"The tablet market is following this path, but at an accelerated pace. Many applications don't require a fully rugged device, and as a result, businesses felt compelled to purchase consumer-grade solutions. Unfortunately, those tablets don't provide the reliability, usability and security businesses require and consumer device manufacturers typically don't have the sales and services infrastructure needed to support enterprise customers. The Toughpad FZ-Q1 meets the needs of businesses, in less demanding user environments, that want to experience the mobility and productivity benefits of a ruggedized tablet," he added.
When it comes to connectivity, the Toughpad FZ-Q1 offers a broad selection of options, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an optional 4G LTE multi-carrier with satellite GPS. The device also features USB 3.0, MicroSDXC, a 2 megapixel webcam, 8 megapixel rear facing camera. Unlike consumer designed tablets, the Toughpad FZ-Q1 has integrated options for insert-able SmartCard readers.