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Panasonic launches Toughbook FZ-T1 – the rugged device for the mobile workforce

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Panasonic has released the latest iteration of its Toughbook – the FZ-T1 – the rugged device which provides an all-in-one solution for the mobile workforce like retail, hospitality, emergency services, manufacturing, transport and logistics.

The FZ-T1 has a 5-inch display and combines the best of a durable handheld device with the features of a smartphone into a single design.

It is underpinned by Panasonic’s industry-leading reputation for tough design and flexibility functionality.

A rugged device is obviously not the same as a regular handheld product.

Consumer devices are not designed to withstand continuous use in difficult conditions and are liable to break down from shock, moisture, heat and cold.

Research has shown that the average cost of downtime when using a standard handheld device that breaks down is  more than $3000.

The device is available in a 4G option to enable voice and data capabilities and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.

Running the Android 8.1 operating system, the FZ-T1 is the toughest, yet lightest in the Panasonic Toughbook range at 240g.

It meets military standard 810G, dust and water resistant rating of IP68, tumble tested from heights of 1.5m with the ability to operate within a temperature range of -10 to 50+ degrees Celsius.

The display has 10-finger multitouch input and is bright enough to read in bright sunlight.

It can still be operated in the rain and can also be used with gloved hands or an optional passive pen.

Also onboard is an industry-class barcode reader with two trigger buttons to suit left and right-handed operators.

Also available as an optional extra is the barcode reader gun grip for long range scanning like in warehouses or while operating forklifts.

The device has a battery that runs for 12 hours with the ability to swap out the battery without interrupting their work.

It is also equipped with a noise-cancelling microphone and speaker so it can be used in busy, noisy environments.

 

The device has an 8-megapixel rear camera which can be used for easy document capture.

“The Toughbook FZ-T1 is an important addition to our rugged handheld portfolio. Our customers are seeking a practical, rugged solution with a sleeker finish, which can still withstand difficult conditions – and that is exactly what we have delivered,” said Clare Hose, Toughbook product marketing manager, Panasonic Australia.

“As Panasonic has done for 100 years as a company and for more than two decades with our Toughbook range, we evolve and innovate to meet the changing needs of our users.

“Mobile technology is clearly the future for business, but technology churn continues to be a significant cost challenge for organisations.

“It’s no surprise that with savings of up to 15 per cent over a five year-period on total cost of ownership, Panasonic’s rugged devices are becoming the logical choice for decision makers who are seeking long-term investment in technology solutions.

“However, the business need for rugged devices is evolving from the traditional environmental concerns of withstanding drops and water and dust protection, to features such as the type of viewing screen, battery life and power management, data security and communication capabilities.”

The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 is available now for $1,899.