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Panasonic announces Toughpad FZ-A1 professional Android tablet


Panasonic's Toughbooks are known for their ruggedness that can withstand drops, extreme weather and other rough handling. And it seems like the company is also going the tablet way with the announcement of their new ToughPad FZ-A1, running on Android mobile operating system.

Panasonic Computer Products Europe has unveiled the Toughpad FZ-A1, the first in its Toughpad family of professional-grade Android-powered tablets. The 10-inch Toughpad FZ-A1 is designed for mobile outdoor workers in  conditions such as aviation, construction, field service and public safety. It comes with a wide range of work accessories, such as vehicle mounting and ergonomic hands-free holsters and the company and its partners can also provide professional services such as project management, imaging and kitting.

The Toughpad FZ-A1 claims to incorporate the same durability standards as the Toughbook laptops, with a MIL-STD-810G rating for 120cm drops as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water. The Toughpad FZ-A1 is also rated for use in extreme temperatures. In terms of security, the CPU in the Toughpad FZ-A1 feature a dedicated, tamper-proof, security processor which frees up the multi-purpose CPU core for other tasks. The security CPU core handles software and data encryption, enhanced VPN, authentication, trusted boot and device management. This enhanced level of device security means the System on a Chip family of Toughpads will be compliant with FIPS 140-2 level 2.

The Toughpad FZ-A1 also sports a high brightness, 10.1-inch XGA, capacitive multi-touch screen with anti-glare coating. It also offers 10 hour all day working and the battery is replaceable ensuring mid-life battery upgrades. Other features include standard Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS and optional 3G mobile broadband offering up to 21Mb/s download speeds. The Toughpad FZ-A1 will be available in spring 2012 at an estimated street price of €850 (+VAT) for the standard model, and €999 (+VAT) for the 3G model. According to Panasonic, a 7-inch tablet will be added to the Toughpad range in the second half of 2012.

  Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1
Operating System Android 3.2
Processor Marvell 1.2GHz dual core
Storage 16GB
Optional Storage Micro SD optional 32GB
Display 500 nit, daylight viewable, 10.1” XGA (4:3),
  capacitive multi-touch with anti-reflective
  treatment and built in ambient light sensor
Battery Life 10 hours (Battery replaceable by IT support)
Weight 970g
Drop Rating 1.2m
Ingress Protection IP65
Temperature rating  –10 °C to 50 °C (operational)
Inputs micro USB, micro SD, micro HDMI
Camera 5-megapixel rear, 2-megapixel front
Connectivity/Comms 3G, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, GPS
Security Features Hardware-level security, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 
  (as SoC family), cable lock slot
Dimensions 266.3mm x 17.0mm x 212.0mm

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