Panasonic Toughpad Line Gets Smaller, Tougher with Rugged Handheld Tablets

  Panasonic Toughpad Line Gets Smaller, Tougher with Rugged Handheld Tablets

Five-inch handheld tablets with voice and data connectivity withstand 10-foot
drops and are submersible, meeting the most demanding enterprise requirements

Business Wire

NEWARK, N.J. -- June 23, 2014

Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers
since 1996, today announced the U.S. launch of its fully-rugged, 5-inch
handheld tablets. The Toughpad^® FZ-E1, powered by Windows Embedded 8.1
Handheld, and the Toughpad FZ-X1, running the Android^™ 4.2.2 operating
system, are enterprise-class handheld tablets — with voice and data
connectivity — designed for mission-critical mobile workers. With 14-hour
hot-swappable batteries, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security, and sunlight-readable HD
touchscreens that work even with gloves, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1
are purpose-built to improve efficiency and productivity for mobile
professionals such as first responders, military servicemembers and those in
transportation and logistics, utilities, manufacturing, retail and field

The Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 represent a significant expansion of
Panasonic’s Toughpad line, the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of
enterprise-focused tablets. Like Panasonic’s market-leading Toughbook^®
laptops and convertibles, Toughpad tablets are engineered to deliver
performance, security and reliability in extreme operating environments where
consumer devices would fail. They are also built for easy integration into
existing IT infrastructures and for smooth deployments and ongoing support,
and provide organizations with longer life cycles, translating to lower total
costs of ownership.

“An always-connected workforce is only as strong as its weakest link, and this
is true whether on the shop floor or the battlefield,” said Rance Poehler,
President, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “Our
Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 build on the legacy of nearly two decades of
rugged devices from Panasonic to accomplish the mission of keeping
professionals in the most demanding work environments connected to the data
they need to do their jobs, to one another and to the customers they are

With the broadest range of configuration options available in their class,
industry-leading reliability and enterprise-grade feature sets, the Toughpad
FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 are ideal tools for a host of usage scenarios,
including delivery and routing, inspections, inventory management, field
service and sales, work order management, public safety evidence collection
and facility management. Both the Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Toughpad FZ-X1 are
supported by an ecosystem of accessories — such as holsters, vehicle mounts
and chargers — and best-of-breed vertical market specific application
solutions from leading vendors.

Fully Rugged, Secure and Enterprise-Ready

With resistance to drops of up to 10 feet to concrete, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and
Toughpad FZ-X1 go beyond MIL-STD-810G specifications to assure in-field
reliability. Both devices are fully sealed against dust and are submersible in
up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, meeting IP65 and IP68
certification requirements. The devices carry an operating temperature range
of -4° F to 140°F thanks to a built-in heater, and are also tested for
resistance to impact, shock, vibration, altitude and extreme humidity.

Both the Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 are FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant,
with OS-based enhanced security features to meet the needs of government and
enterprise customers.

The devices’ numerous unique enterprise-grade features include a
sunlight-readable, anti-reflective HD (1280x720) 10-point capacitive
multitouchscreen that works even with heavy gloves, with a rain-sensing
feature that allows for single touch use even in pouring rain. In addition to
8.0MP (rear) and 1.3MP (front) cameras, configuration options such as an
integrated 1D/2D barcode reader and attachable magnetic stripe reader allow
enterprises to customize the ideal tool for their workforces.

Voice and Data Connectivity

The Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 are the first devices in the Toughpad^®
line to offer optional voice connectivity. Both models will be available with
dual SIM slots and certified on leading mobile carrier networks, 4G
LTE/3G/GPRS/CDMA2000 mobile broadband for voice and data. Push-to-talk service
also will be available on specific networks and depending on service
contracts. Standard on both models is Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, near field
communications (NFC), standalone GPS and Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1).

Clear Voice Communications

To ensure clear voice communication above engine or construction noise, the
devices are equipped with intelligent noise cancelling and dual front speakers
reaching an astounding maximum volume of 100 decibels — about as loud as the
average home stereo system.

Industry-Leading 14-Hour* Battery Life

A major requirement for enterprise mobile solutions is strong full-shift
battery performance. With a 6200mAh battery providing up to 14 hours of
continuous use based on Panasonic test conditions, the Toughpad FZ-E1 and
Toughpad FZ-X1 are purpose-built to enable workforce productivity. A
quick-charging feature allows for a 50% charge in just 1 hour and Hot Swap
functionality allows a depleted battery to be swapped out for a fresh one
without powering down the device, providing for virtually unlimited use.

Toughpad^® FZ-E1 and Toughpad^® FZ-X1: Key Features

  *Operating System:

       *Toughpad FZ-E1: Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld
       *Toughpad FZ-X1: Android 4.2.2


       *Toughpad FZ-E1: Qualcomm^® Snapdragon^™ 800 series 2.3GHz Quad Core
       *Toughpad FZ-X1: Qualcomm^® Snapdragon^™ 600 series 1.7GHz Quad Core

  *Rugged Durability: MIL-STD-810G certified; tested for 10-foot drops to
    concrete; IP65 and IP68 certified fully sealed design (sealed against dust
    and submersible in water), operating temperature range of -4° F to 140°F
  *Handheld Portability: 15 oz., 1.2” thin (standard configuration)
  *Industry-Leading Battery Life: Up to 14 hours of continuous use depending
    on usage conditions. Hot Swap functionality allows the main battery to be
    swapped without powering down
  *Enterprise-Grade Display: 5-inch sunlight-readable, anti-reflective HD
    (1280x720) LCD with high-sensitivity 10-point capacitive multitouch input.
    Glove-touch and rain-sensing features are included
  *Storage and Memory: 32 GB flash memory with 2GB RAM; and micro SDXC card
  *Connectivity & I/O: optional 4G LTE/3G/GPRS/CDMA2000 (voice and data);
    standard Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, near field communications (NFC),
    standalone GPS, Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1), USB 2.0; optional integrated
    1D/2D barcode reader; optional attachable magnetic stripe card reader;
    expansion area for peripheral connectivity
  *Camera: 8MP rear camera with auto focus and LED light; 1.3MP front camera
  *Security: FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant
  *Warranty: The Toughpad FZ-E1 and Toughpad FZ-X1 are backed by the
    industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty and U.S.-based customer

For a full list of specifications and more detailed information, visit

Pricing and Availability

The Toughpad FZ-X1 with WiFi or mobile broadband data connectivity will be the
first to hit the market in August 2014 at a list price of $1,799 (WiFi-only)
or $1,849 (mobile broadband data). The Toughpad FZ-E1 with WiFi-only
connectivity will also be available in August 2014 at a list price of $1,899,
followed by the telephony and mobile broadband-enabled version with a target
date of October 2014 at a list price of $1,999. The Toughpad FZ-X1 enabled for
telephony and mobile broadband data will have a target date of January 2015 at
a list price of $1,899. All Toughpad devices can be purchased through
authorized Panasonic resellers.

Sales inquiries for Panasonic’s Toughpad family of tablets should be directed
to or 877-803-8492.

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* Battery life measurement conditions: Wireless LAN connection enabled;
continuous access to the server while browsing; swipe every 1 second; page
change every 30 seconds, communication every 30 seconds.

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