Semi-rugged FZ-Q1 tablet joins Panasonic’s Toughpad family

At CES 2016, Panasonic announced a new 12.5-inch semi-rugged Windows tablet. The FZ-Q1 is a Windows 8.1 Pro slate that joins Panasonic’s Toughpad family. The new Toughpad is purpose-built for field applications, and Panasonic claims that it is “an endpoint in the connected enterprise network” during the company’s keynote address.

Even though the Toughpad FZ-Q1 is a slimmer device than other fully rugged tablets, it still delivers the reliability, usability and security features businesses demand. As such, Panasonic claims the FZ-Q1 is suitable for use in less demanding user environments. The semi-rugged tablet is only 0.8 inches (2.03cm) thick and weighs 2.3 pounds (1.04kg).

Unfortunately, though, the Toughpad FZ-Q1 doesn’t come with the latest Intel sixth generation Skylake processor. The slate can be configured with either a fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4302Y processor with vPro or an Intel Celeron N2807 processor.


For light field work

The FZ-Q1 is ideal for light field work with its ruggedized enclosure. It features a magnesium alloy chassis and a shock absorbing case. The fanless design helps the FZ-Q1 stay reat resistant to dirt and dust. Although the tablet can survive drops, Panasonic did not provide specifics for drop tests.

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For use in the field, the FZ-Q1 comes with a bright 350-nit screen. The FHD 12.5-inch display is also treated with an anti-reflective coating to help reduce glare. The FZ-Q1’s battery should last for nine hours on a single charge. Additionally, the tablet also features fast charging capabilities.

Panasonic also offers optional upgrades, including a 4G LTE modem with GPS, and accessories such as a spill-resistant keyboard and a desktop cradle. The slate can be configured with options for insertable or wireless Smart Card readers.

The FZ-Q1 is equipped with an eight-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera. Panasonic says that the back cover is designed for easy gripping, and the tablet comes with an integrated active stylus that offers 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The FZ-Q1 will be available in March. The Performance model starts at $1,699 (£1,152, AU$2,2334), while the Standard model will start at $999 (£677, AU$1,372). The Performance option comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and SSD options starting at 128GB.

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