Panasonic has its eyes set on conquering a sector of the
tablet market which it believes has not been catered for thus far – the
Panasonic has launched the 10.1in Toughpad FZ-A1, which will
be the first in its Toughpad family of professional-grade Android powered
tablets. The company has said the tablet will be ideal for workers in areas
such as aviation, construction, field service and public safety.
Like all of Panasonic’s Tough products, the 10.1in Toughpad
FZ-A1 will have seriously rugged credentials. It has a MIL-STD-810G rating for
120cm drops as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust
and water as well as being rating for use in “extreme conditions.”
As well as physical ruggedness, the Toughpad FZ-A1’s CPU, a
1.2GHZ processor from Marvel, incorporates a dedicated, tamper-proof, security
processor, which should free up the CPU core for other tasks. It will come with 16GB of storage and 1GB or RAM.
There will also be software and data encryption, enhanced
VPN, authentication, trusted boot and device management. It will come with
Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS and optional 3G. It will come with microUSB, microSD
and microHDMI slots.
The 10.1in CGA capacitive touchscreen promises 500 nits of
brightness and comes with an anti-glare coating for outdoor use. You also get
an active digitizer that records pressure, direction and speed along with
The Toughpad will run Android 3.2 and a 10-hour battery life
is claimed. All this ruggedness comes at a cost however and the Toughpad FZ-A1
will weigh just under 1kg and measures 266 x 212 x 176mm – which if far from svelte.
The Toughpad will be available in Q1 2012 and will cost €850
excluding VAT for the Wi-Fi only model or €999 excluding VAT for the 3G model
and both come with a 3 year warranty.
Panasonic has also told us that a 7in version, called the
Toughpad FZ-B1, will be coming in the second half of 2012. Is the Toughpad the Android tablet you’ve been waiting for? Let us know in the comments.