Light, fully-rugged Toughpad tablet released

Panasonic has launched the lightest fully-rugged Android 10.1” Toughpad tablet, for protection against drops and shocks, heat and cold, vibration, contamination, dust, and rain.

The FZ-A2 Android tablet opens up military-standard rugged capabilities draws to boost productivity, minimise downtime, cut down field failure rates and reduce Total Cost of Ownership.

 The tablet combines Intel and Android productivity with full ruggedisation and is suited to a range of mobile users, including servicing, repair and technical support teams; local, state and federal governments; utility and infrastructure providers; logistics and transport operators; healthcare providers and retailers.

It is suitable for highly mobile outdoor workers in challenging conditions. With its sunlight-viewable 10-finger multi-touch IPS display, flexible configurable ports and business expansion capability, plus enterprise class security, the FZ-A2 is perfect for use in the field. In addition, it has the ability to work below zero or above 50o C and to use the touchscreen in the rain or while wearing gloves.

The Toughpad FZ-A2 is lightweight (880g) and slim (16.4mm deep) with a fanless design and runs the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Enterprise Security from Android for Work. It is equipped with the latest, more powerful Intel AtomTM x5-Z8550 Quad Core processor (2 MB cache, 1.44GHz up to 2.4GHz) with 4GB RAM and a 32GB eMMC.

It also includes daylight-readable display, rear camera, dedicated GPS, MIL-STD-810G certification and IP65 rating.

 The Toughpad FZ-A2 has a robust military-grade fully-rugged magnesium alloy design – it can withstand 1.2-metre drops, is sealed against dust and water spills with an IP65 ingress protection rating, and will operate in harsh temperature extremes ranging from -10 to +50°C.

It comes with a range of peripherals from desktop cradle to four bay battery charger and has the option of two vehicle docks – a slimline and expanded version depending on the device configuration.

 The 10.1-inch daylight-readable display (1920×1200), with high visibility (800cd/m2),is designed for easy use and clarity of vision in all conditions both outside and indoors. The 10-point capacitive touchscreen display can be used by hand, with gloves or with the capacitive stylus pen for accurate annotation or signature collection even in the rain.

 The tablet also comes with a set of customisable business interfaces and wireless connectivity options to tailor the device to exact business requirements. Alongside a full range of business features (1xUSB 3.0 Type A, 1xUSB 3.1 Type C OTG, 1xHDMI and 1xMicro SD, GPS), optional smartcard reader, 2D barcode reader and 4G can be specified. The USB 3.1 Type C OTG port for reversible connection comes with transmission speeds of up to 5Gbps, power charging (up to 5V 900mA – USB PD is not supported) and USB On The Go functionality for easily copying and transferring files from one Android device to another.

The tablet  is optimised for connectivity whatever the location and includes the latest WLAN 802.11ac Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 technology for fast data transfer and Bluetooth v4.2 class 1.

It has a user-removable battery with a nine hour working life to match the needs of the work shift, with an optional hot swappable battery capability for when around the clock usage is required.

 For users needing live video conference capabilities or to capture photographic images of documentation in the field, the FZ-A2 is equipped with Full HD front web and 8MP rear camera with flash. It also comes equipped with built-in directional array microphones ideal for communication, video conferencing and voice recognition software.


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