Panasonic will be releasing in the US market this August its rugged device called the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1. This 5-inch Android tablet is designed to survive harsh conditions such as drops from as high as 10 feet, dust, water, and extreme temperatures. This feature however comes at a premium price which starts at $1,799 for the Wi-Fi only model.
- OS: Android 4.2.2
- Display: 5-inch 1280×720, 10 point capacitive touch with glove mode, Rain sensing touch mode, 2-500 nit, VA display with direct bonding, Anti-reflective and anti-glare screen treatments, Automatic screen rotation
- CPU: Qualcomm APQ8064T 1.7GHz Quad-Core
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal Storage: 32GB
- External Storage: microSDXC up to 64GB
- Audio: Integrated Microphone (x3), loud volume twin speakers (100db)
- Keyboard & Input: 10-point gloved multi touch + digitizer screen, 2-4 tablet buttons (user-definable), On-screen QWERTY keyboard
- Sensors: Ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyro and acceleration sensors
- Cameras: 1.3MP front, 8MP rear with LED flash
- Wireless: IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE, HSPA+, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, CDMA 1x, EVDO Rev.A, Micro SIM card slot x 2, Bluetooth v4.0 (class 1), GPS 2m CEP50 (±2 to 4m), Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Battery: Li-Ion 6200mAh, Standby up to 1000 hours
- World’s most rugged design
- MIL-STD-810G (shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature,
- temperature shock, humidity, explosive atmosphere)
- IP65 and IP68 sealed all-weather design (submersible up to 5′ for 30 minutes)
- 10′ drop-resistant
- Operating temperature of -4°F to 140°F
- Port covers
- Raised bezel for LCD impact protection
Rance Poehler, President Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, said that “An always-connected workforce is only as strong as its weakest link, and this is true whether on the shop floor or the battlefield. Our Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 build on the legacy of nearly two decades of rugged devices from Panasonic to accomplish the mission of keeping professionals in the most demanding work environments connected to the data they need to do their jobs, to one another and to the customers they are supporting.”
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1 is clearly not designed with the average consumer in mind as can be seen at its selling price. This device is meant to be used for professionals who need a tablet that they can use in their extreme work environment. Typical uses of this tablet include field service and sales, delivery and routing, work management, public safety evidence collection, and inspections just to name a few,
One of the main features of this device is that it is designed to be rugged. This device even goes beyond the MIL-STD-810G specifications to assure that it survives drops of up to 10 feet. This device is also IP65 and IP68 certified making it survive dusts and water submersion of up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes.
Another great feature of this device is that it is already enterprise ready. It is FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant and its OS has enhanced security features that meets the requirements of the government or enterprise customers. Some of its enterprise specific features includes a sunlight readable display that works even with gloves on, integrated 1D/2D barcode reader, and an optional magnetic stripe reader.
A version of this device that can connect to mobile broadband data will also become available this August for $1,849 while the version with telephony features will arrive this January 2015 for $1,899.