Panasonic delivers a spanking new rugged tablet the Toughpad FZ-B2


When it comes to tablets, I am quite sure that many of us do happen to have at least one tablet in our possession – whether that is still the case or not, it is really up to the individual situation. The thing that I am referring to is this – tablets, just like the modern day smartphones, are extremely useful devices to carry around, since you can use it as a computing device without the hassle of toting around a notebook, but they are not the most hardy mobile devices around. They are extremely averse to water, and don’t even talk about the display if the tablet drops from the edge of a table and hits a hard surface squarely. Panasonic intends to allay such fears of owning a tablet, which is why they have come up with the tough as nails Toughpad FZ-B2.

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 is said to enable affordable professional grade productivity regardless of where you are. Being an industry leader in the world of rugged tablets, the Toughpad FZ-B2 will come with a 7” display, while running on Android 4.4 KitKat as the mobile operating system of choice. All in all, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 is an ideal tool when it comes to field service, inspections, reporting, or perhaps to have it offer your workers as an upgrade from clipboards and pen-and-paper processes.

Apart from Android, it will also feature a quad-core Intel Celeron processor, accompanied by other enhanced enterprise features which are normally not found on other ordinary tablets, including a quick-charging, user-replaceable full-shift battery alongside an optional bridge battery and high-capacity battery, a 5-point capacitive multi-touch screen which is capable of working even when you touch it with gloved fingers, a fine tip stylus pen; and a wide range of configuration options so that organizations can have it customized according to their existing workforce.

It will also conform to the MIL-STD-810G standard, being sealed with its IP65 dust and water-resistant design. All of that does not mean your shoulders will ache toting it around at the end of the day, since it is still relatively thin and lightweight. Capable of withstanding drops of up to 5 feet without missing a beat, it will also shrug off the likes of shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. There will be a 5MP shooter located at the back , alongside a 720p camera in front, USB 3.0 connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, a microSD memory card slot, and an optional 4G LTE multi-carrier embedded wireless broadband with satellite GPS capability.

Be forewarned, however, that the Toughpad FZ-B2 is not going to come cheap since it will cost $1,299 a pop as it hits the market later next February.

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