Panasonic has updated its Toughpad FZ-G1 fully rugged tablet system with Intel's Skylake 6th Generation processors and Windows 10, offering increased battery life and performance and communication capabilities.
Set to be available from July, the fourth generation of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet is aimed at field workers in industries such as utilities, insurance assessment and the emergency services.
The fully rugged design makes it water and dust resistant to IP65 rating, and shock resistant in drops of up to 180cm.
The latest incarnation of the Toughpad FZ-G1 delivers better performance thanks to Intel's Core i5-6300U vPro processor, which also provides improved graphics via an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU. This is backed by 4GB of DDR3L memory (8GB maximum) and a 128GB SSD.
Meanwhile, the standard operating life of the Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet running on batteries has almost doubled from eight to 14 hours, and Panasonic claimed that the optional larger battery pack now delivers 28 hours of working activity.
The new model ships with Windows 10 Pro and a capacitive 10-finger multi-touch display with digitiser pen enabling users to take advantage of Microsoft's touch-enabled operating system. The display is a 10.1in high brightness type for outdoor operation with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.
On the connectivity side, the Toughpad FZ-G1 has 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and an optional LTE mobile broadband module. It also has Ethernet, twin USB ports and a legacy serial port. GPS and a hot swap bridge battery and smartcard reader are optional.
Jan Kaempfer, general manager of marketing for Panasonic Computer Product Solutions, explained that the new model continues to support peripherals and hardware designed for earlier generations, protecting customer investment.
"We continue to deliver regular performance and functionality improvements for our rugged Toughpad tablet and Toughbook notebook devices, while maintaining the wide variety of accessories and peripherals for the product, such as vehicle docking mounts, desk cradles, batteries, chargers and power adapters," he said.
"This approach allows our customers to invest in a Panasonic mobile device with confidence, knowing that our rugged designs are built to last, that each model will continue to be developed and that the investment in peripherals and accessories will remain compatible for the long term."
The fourth-generation Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet is priced from £1,700 plus VAT.
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