For years, Panasonic offers notebook (Toughbook) and tablet hybrid (ToughPad) rugged and semi-rugged, designed for applications in the industrial, outdoor and in all environments where a regular laptop could not “survive”. They are not cheap devices (indeed!) And are not common, because they have technical and physical characteristics almost impossible to find.
At CES 2016, however, the Japanese company has decided to expand its mobile offering also produced a bit ‘more convenient and it is the case of the new Panasonic ToughPad FZ-Q1, which starts at $ 999, not cheap but certainly the middle the price of large pate tablet ToughPad already on the market.
It has a frame made of aluminum alloy and magnesium, with shock-absorbing coating and resistant to falls, shocks, water and dust, a fanless design and a capacitive touch display that then can be used even with gloves on the hands. It also has a built-in stylus and an optional backlit keyboard. And these are the technical characteristics that make ToughPad Panasonic FZ-Q1 a special tablet, not (only) his hardware equipment.
Data sheet of the tablet is of a good standard: display 12.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel, 350 nits), up to 9 hours of battery life, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and card reader microSDXC. Runs on Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Pro, and among the options there is the ability to insert a modem 4G / LTE with GPS and SmartCard Reader.
The entry-level model incorporates an Intel Celeron N2807 (Bay Trail), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC memory, but you can pay extra for a version with solid state disk 128GB. The premium version “Performance Model”, which costs $ 1,699, however, has an Intel Core vPro i5-4302Y (Haswell), 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of SSD space.
Entambi models are equipped with a USB 3.0 port, micro SD card slot, 2-megapixel front camera for video chat and 8-megapixel rear camera. Unlike other consumer tablet, ToughPad FZ-Q1 is powered by a replaceable battery, 3-year warranty. Measuring 340 x 221 x 20 mm and weighs about 1 kg