New product: Rugged Android and Windows tablets

by Array

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario—Panasonic Canada Inc has released new three ruggedized Toughpad tablets into the Canadian market.

The devices, which are suitable for use in distribution centre environments, come in two sizes, seven or ten inches.

The Toughpads carry the MIL-STD-810G durability certification—a US Department of Defence standard that incorporates tests for drops, waterproofness, temperature and other adverse operating conditions.

The Toughpad FZ-G1 is a ten-inch model that runs on Windows 8 Pro (and is downgradable to Windows 7 Pro). It weighs 1.1kg (2.43lbs), runs on an Intel i5-3437U vPro with 1.9GHz (which can be increased to 2.9GHz using Intel Turbo Boost). The FZ-G1 offers the choice of a 128GB or a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and either 4GB or 8GB of RAM. A micro SDXC is optional. It includes two cameras: a front-facing 720P webcam and microphone and a 3MP rear autofocus camera with LED light. Battery life is eight hours.

The ten-inch FZ-A1 runs on Android 4.0 and uses a Marvel 1.2GZ dual-core processor. It weighs one kilogram (2.1lbs), has 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM and a micro SDHC. The front camera is a 2MP webcam with a microphone and the rear camera is a 5MP autofocus with an LED light. Battery life for the FZ-A1 is 10 hours.

The smaller Android table, the JT-B1 is a seven-inch model also runs on the 4.0 version of the OS. It has a TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz dual core processor, 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM and a micro SDHC. It comes with a 1.3MP front camera (with microphone) and a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and an LED light. The JT-B1 weighs 544g (1.2lbs) and its battery lasts for eight hours.

Integrated 4G LTE mobile broadband and barcode reading technologies can be added as options to all models. The Windows 8-based FZ-G1 also includes the option to add an additional USB port, a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, a smart card reader, a serial port (key for field service applications), or a larger solid-state drive. Hardware encryption, root protection and FIPS compliance are available in various configurations of the Toughpads for enterprise level security.