Panasonic Expands Toughpad™ Enterprise-Grade Tablet Line

  Panasonic Expands Toughpad™ Enterprise-Grade Tablet Line

  Ten-inch Windows 8 Pro-based and Seven-inch Android™-powered Tablets offer
            Choice to Meet Expanding Business Tablet Expectations

2013 International CES

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 9, 2013

Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996,
today expanded its Toughpad™ line of enterprise-grade tablets with the
introduction of the Toughpad™ FZ-G1, a 10” tablet featuring Windows® 8 Pro,
and the availability of the Toughpad JT-B1, a 7” Android™-powered unit. Both
devices follow the original 10” Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 which became
broadly available late last year. With the Toughpad (#Toughpad) family of
ruggedized tablets, businesses and government institutions have a single
partner delivering a selection of highly reliable and purpose-built devices
ideal for numerous operational needs.

“For nearly 20 years, Panasonic has engineered the most reliable mobile
computing devices on the market,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic
System Communications Company of North America. “Because our customers know
they can count on our products to deliver performance and return on
investment, Panasonic – through its Toughbook brand – holds nearly 80 percent
market share in the rugged mobile device space. We believe our engineering
acumen, vertical market expertise and reputation for reliability, backed by
our world-class service, will result in the Toughpad family being the leading
B2B tablet solution in the coming years.”

Hide Harada, Director, IT Products Business Unit added, “The goal for
Panasonic is to achieve 50% market share in the ruggedized tablet space by
2015.”

Toughpad tablets are designed for mission-critical and highly mobile workers
in fields such as the military, construction, healthcare, public safety,
utilities, retail, maintenance, supply chain logistics and insurance. The
devices are ideal for a host of usage scenarios, including inventory control,
eForms, field sales, field service, route delivery, eCitations, electronic
medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and GIS.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1: Key Features

  *Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
  *Processor: 3^rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3437U vPro™ 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz
    with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
  *Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
  *Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  *Display: 10.1”, sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer,
    800nit, WUXGA (1920x1200)
  *Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
  *Dimensions: 10.6” x 7.4” x 0.75”
  *Weight: 2.43lbs
  *Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE
    or 3G
  *I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0,
    wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.

Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1: Key Features

  *Operating System: Android 4.0
  *Processor: TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual core
  *Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, micro SDHC
  *Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 5’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  *Display: 7”, daylight viewable, 500nit, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  *Camera: Front: 1.3Mp fixed focus, Rear: 13.0Mp auto focus w/ LED light
  *Battery: 8.0 hours - Large 5,720mAh battery (user-replaceable)
  *Dimensions: 8.7”x 5.1” x 0.7”
  *Weight: 1.2lbs
  *Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE +
    3G
  *I/O: Micro USB

Toughpad tablets are MIL-STD-810G tested for drops, fluid ingress and
temperature, to assure they deliver reliable performance under circumstances
that render typical tablets non-operational. Devices feature daylight viewable
screens, user-replaceable or serviceable batteries, a stylus for signature
capture and handwriting (on the FZ-G1 and FZ-A1 with 3^rd party apps), and
multiple options for peripheral connectivity.

“Our Toughpad tablets were designed based on years of input from customers,”
continued Poehler. “This customer feedback is a critical part of the
development process and will continue to shape Toughbook and Toughpad devices
in the future. The wide variety of devices in the Toughbook and Toughpad
families is a clear indication that we build products to meet our customers’
needs.”

Enterprise-class mobile computing requires an enhanced level of device
security and the Toughpad family is designed with this in mind. Security
features like encryption, IPsec VPN, trusted boot, root protection and FIPS
compliance are available in various configurations of the Toughpad FZ-A1 and
Toughpad JT-B1. Compatibility with world-class Mobile device management (MDM)
tools are also available to allow IT managers to manage applications, secure
devices from unauthorized use and perform many other tasks.

Toughpad tablets are supported by an ecosystem that includes an
enterprise-focused app store, developer tools and deployment support.
Panasonic will offer a full set of enterprise-grade accessories to support the
Toughpad line, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards, magnetic stripe
readers, smart card readers and multi-unit storage and charging solutions.

Pricing and Availability

The 10” Windows 8 Pro-based Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March starting
at $2,899. The 7” Android-powered Toughpad JT-B1 will ship in February
starting at $1,199. The 10” Android-powered Toughpad™ FZ-A1 is now shipping,
starting at $1,299. All Toughpad tablets can be purchased through authorized
Panasonic resellers.

Toughpad FZ-A1 LTE Certification

Powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the 10” Toughpad FZ-A1 is now
certified on the Verizon Wireless 4G/LTE network.

All products in the Toughpad family come standard with the industry's most
comprehensive 3-year warranty.

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

For more information on the Toughpad family of tablets and detailed device
specifications, go to http://www.PanasonicToughpad.com.

Follow the Toughpad™ Brand (#Toughpad):

The Panasonic Toughpad brand can be followed on various social media channels,
including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and our blog, Panasonic for
Business.

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Annual Best Global Green Brands ranking, the Panasonic brand jumped four spots
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As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic
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2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at
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