Panasonic Expands Toughpad Family with the FZ-Q1

New 12.5" screen size semi-rugged tablet meets field demands in government & enterprise markets

Jan 05, 2016, 13:49 ET from Panasonic

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, an industry leader in exceptionally reliable and innovative mobile computers, today announced the 12.5" Toughpad® FZ-Q1, the latest member of its Toughpad family of enterprise-grade ruggedized tablet devices. With an Intel processor and running Windows 8.1 Pro, this business-grade tablet is designed for the highly mobile field worker, in either government or private sectors, who needs a device more durable than a consumer tablet. Applications include code enforcement, home health, transportation, POS retail environments, small business applications and more. To meet varying market needs, the device will come in two configurations, a performance version featuring an Intel® Core™ i5-4302Y vPro™ processor and a standard model with an Intel® Celeron® processor N2807.

"When fully rugged notebooks were introduced, we slowly saw the demand grow for similar solutions that were less robust," said Jan Ruderman, Vice President, Business Mobility Group, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. "The tablet market is following this path, but at an accelerated pace. Many applications don't require a fully rugged device, and as a result, businesses felt compelled to purchase consumer-grade solutions. Unfortunately, those tablets don't provide the reliability, usability and security businesses require and consumer device manufacturers typically don't have the sales and services infrastructure needed to support enterprise customers. The Toughpad FZ-Q1 meets the needs of businesses, in less demanding user environments, that want to experience the mobility and productivity benefits of a ruggedized tablet."

The Toughpad FZ-Q1 provides the ideal level of durability for light duty field work. With a shock absorbing case and a magnesium alloy chassis, the device can withstand drops, comes with a fanless design and is resistant to dirt and dust. It is the perfect mobile computing companion for the highly mobile worker who needs a semi-rugged device.

This purpose-built device features a Full High Definition, 350 nit, 10 finger touch, screen with an anti-reflective (AR) screen treatment. Other usability features include an easy grip bottom cover, integrated stylus, fast charging battery that outperforms consumer grade tablets.

When it comes to connectivity, the Toughpad FZ-Q1 offers a broad selection of options, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an optional 4G LTE multi carrier with satellite GPS. The device also features USB 3.0, MicroSDXC, a 2MP webcam, 8MP rear facing camera. Unlike consumer designed tablets, the Toughpad FZ-Q1 has integrated options for insertable or contactless SmartCard readers, a must for many Government and healthcare users.

A broad selection of accessories will be available for the Toughpad FZ-Q1, notably a spill resistant, backlit keyboard with carrying strap. The Panasonic designed keyboard uses a direct, not wireless, interface with the device, for reliable connectivity. Other accessories include a full desktop cradle with multiple I/O options.

Toughpad® FZ-Q1 Key Features:


Performance Model

Standard Model

Processor

Intel® Core™ i5-4302Y vPro™

Processor

Intel® Celeron® Processor N2807

Memory & Storage

8GB and 128–256GB SSD

4 GB and 64 eMMC or 128GB SSD

OS

Windows 8.1 Pro Update

or Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8.1 Pro)

Windows 8.1 Pro Update *1

Display

12.5" FHD(1920 x 1080), Aspect ratio 16:9, AR Screen Treatment

Battery

Up to 9 hours *2

Weight & Size

2.3 lbs., 13.4" x 8.7" x 0.8"

Connectivity & I/O

Optional 4G LTE multi carrier with Satellite GPS, Wi-Fi (802.11ac) , Bluetooth 4.0, USB3.0, Micro SDXC, Optional SmartCard reader, Optional Contactless SmartCard Reader

*1: BitLocker is not supported by Standard Model hardware
*2: Per MobileMark 2007 testing; battery life depends on model and usage conditions

Pricing and Availability
The Toughpad FZ-Q1, will be available in March at an estimated street price of $1,699 for the Performance model and $999 for the Standard model.

All Toughpad tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers and come standard with the industry's most comprehensive 3-year warranty.

Besides offering the market leading performance and reliability the Toughbook and Toughpad brands are known for, Panasonic helps customers reduce the complexity of deploying and managing mobility projects through its ProServices suite of engineering consultations including premier disc imaging and device deployment services, training, mobility applications and break/fix depot support.

Sales inquiries for Panasonic's Toughpad tablets should be directed to sales.psc@us.panasonic.com or 877-803-8492.

For more information on the Panasonic Toughpad family of tablet computers, visit http://www.Toughpad.com.

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