Panasonic Toughpads now here


(The Toughpad FZ-G1 is powered by an Intel i5 CPU)
Panasonic is bringing the company’s Toughpad tablets to Canada, giving organizations needing a ruggedized mobile device a choice of Windows 8 Pro and Android 4.0 versions.

The company said Friday that all three units have passed the U.S. Defense Department’s MIL-STD-810G durability certification, the company said, meaning they have been tested for drops, resistance to fluids and temperature to assure they work “under circumstances that render typical tablets non-operational.”

They also feature daylight viewable screens, replaceable batteries, and multiple options for peripheral connectivity.

“For more than 15 years, Panasonic has been the industry leader in engineering the most reliable and rugged mobile computing devices available to Canadian businesses,” Susan Black, Panasonic Canada’s director of sales and marketing for computer and AV solutions, said in a statement.

 “We believe the combination of Panasonic’s market knowledge, R&D and engineering capabilities, the low total cost of ownership, and our reputation for producing reliable field-proven technology will result in these Toughpads becoming the leading B2B tablet solutions in Canada.”

The three models, which start at $1,250 are

–the FZ-G1, which has a 10-inch 1920×1200 screen and an Intel i5-3437U vPro processor running Windows 8 Pro.

It comes with the choice of 128- or 256GB solid state hard drives and 4 or 8 GB of memory. The replaceable battery is said to last up to 8 hours. It weighs just over 1.1 kg. (2.43lbs);

–the 10-in FZ-A1, which has a 1920×1200 10-in. screen, a Marvell 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor and runs Android.

Memory options are the same as the FZ-G1, as are the battery and weight;

–and the 7-in. JT-B1, which uses a Texas Instrument OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual core processor and runs Android. Its screen has 1024 x 600 resolution.

It comes with 16GB of flash storage and 1GB of RAM and 1.3 MP camera .

It weighs 0.54 kg (1.2 lbs) with a replaceable battery.

All three can expand storage with a micro SDHC card.

All three can be ordered with integrated 4G LTE mobile broadband and barcode reading technologies.  Hardware encryption, root protection and FIPS compliance are available in various configurations for enterprise level security.

The Windows 8-based FZ-G1 can also be ordered with 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.

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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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