Panasonic looks to deliver yet again when it comes to the tough tablet department, with their latest 5” handheld tablets known as the Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Toughpad FZ-Z1 that you can see above. These tablets will sport both voice and data connectivity, and yet have been constructed in such a manner where they are able to shrug off 10-foot drops, not to mention being submersible for a limited amount of time so that you can use them even in the most demanding of enterprise requirements.
The Toughpad FZ-E1 will run on Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, while the Toughpad FZ-X1 sports Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as the mobile operating system of choice. Regardless of which model you decide to use, they are both enterprise-class handheld tablets, sporting 14-hour hot-swappable batteries, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security, and sunlight-readable HD touchscreens which will function even when you’re wearing gloves – handy in tough work conditions as well as during winter.
Targeting mobile professionals including the likes of first responders, military service members and those in transportation and logistics, utilities, manufacturing, retail and field services, they have been constructed to deliver easy integration into existing IT infrastructures and for smooth deployments and ongoing support, as well as offer organizations with longer life cycles, translating to lower total costs of ownership.
Being built to go beyond MIL-STD-810G specifications, they are fully sealed against dust and are submersible in up to 5 feet of water for half an hour, grooving to IP65 and IP68 certification requirements. Not only that, they will work within an operating temperature range of -4° F to 140°F, courtesy of a built-in heater.
Expect the Toughpad FZ-X1 with WiFi or mobile broadband data connectivity to arrive later this August for $1,799 (WiFi-only) or $1,849 (mobile broadband data), while the Toughpad FZ-E1 with WiFi-only connectivity will arrive on the same month at $1,899. As for the telephony and mobile broadband-enabled version, it will arrive later this October for a Benjamin more.
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