The Panasonic Toughpad series have been known to have a rugged exterior to handle a certain degree of torture. This product category was limited to laptops. Now tablets have also joined this bandwagon.
To start with, we have the Toughpad FZ-G1. To start with, it has a 10.1-inch WUXGA display with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. The 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3437UvPro Processor clocked at up to 2.9GHz powers the device along with 4GB of RAM (expandable up to 8GB).
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ\-G1 also houses the Intel HD Graphics 4000 UMA. For its rugged nature, the device has 120cm drop shock resistant and is also water and dust resistant. It houses a 128GB SSD and runs on Windows 8 Pro. You also have an optional 3G variant of the tablet. The Toughpad FZ-G1 is priced at a whopping Rs. 1,75,000 (excluding taxes).
Moving on to the Android-powered tablet, we have the Toughpad JT-B1. To start with, it has a 7-inch daylight readable 4-point multi touch display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Under the hood, it has a 1.5GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4460 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It has 16GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a MicroSD card.
In terms of connectivity options, Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1, shows off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC and there is an optional 3G variant as well. What’s a little disappointing is that the tablet runs on the outdated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in a day and age dominated by Jelly Bean. A 5720mAh battery powers the device and it is user replaceable. The Toughpad JT-B1 is priced at Rs. 69,000 (excluding taxes).
Speaking on the launch Mr. Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India, said, “Having done extremely well in the consumer business, Panasonic India now has a renewed focus on the B2B and B2G business. Today’s launch of mobile computing devices is a significant stepping stone towards our aim of doubling the contribution of B2B segment to Panasonic’s overall revenue by 2015.” He further added, “The Indian industrial devices market is in sync with the global market and is growing at an accelerated rate owing to the dynamics of businesses and work life of consumers. Panasonic range of industrial devices has created its own niche in the world of mobile technology and the products unveiled today truly showcase our wide portfolio of innovative and cutting-edge technology products which will meet the varying demands of Indian enterprises for increased workforce mobility and productivity.”
“Tablets and handheld computing devices are going to be significant drivers of enterprise mobility globally. Businesses can expect to benefit from the efficiency and increased productivity as a result of the anywhere, anytime access offered by these devices. All Panasonic mobile computing devices are designed with enterprise-grade features such as a ruggedized build to withstand the harshest business environments, sunlight-readable screen for outdoor viewing, connectivity options for always-connected access and long battery life for uninterrupted usage on the go. With our engineering reputation for reliability and durability, Panasonic is well-positioned to meet this increasing business need and we aim to achieve 50 percent market share in the ruggedized tablet space by 2015.” said Mr. Hide Harada, Director of IT Products Business Division, Panasonic Corporation. “