Home Mobility Toughbook FZ-T1 thinnest, lightest in class: claim

Panasonic’s Toughbook FZ-T1 rugged handheld is thinner and lighter than other devices in its class, according to the company.

The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 has been designed and built "from the ground up" for industries such as retail and hospitality, emergency services, manufacturing, and transport and logistics, according to Panasonic Australia Toughbook product marketing manager Clare Hose.

Despite being able to survive drops from 1.5 metres onto concrete floors, impacts of up to 300G, dust and water ingress (to IP68, including immersion in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes), it weighs just 230 grammes and is 13.1mm thick.

It is "the thinnest and lightest device of its kind available today,"said Hose, who added that the new model was part of Panasonic’s efforts to offer "products that are the right fit for our customers".

The greater reliability of rugged devices compared with their regular equivalents can reduce the five-year total cost of ownership by up to 15%, she said.

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The FZ-T1 has a 5in (1280x720) daylight-viewable (450Cd/m^2) IPS touchscreen with rain mode (to prevent raindrops landing on the screen being misinterpreted as finger touches) and glove mode (to remove the need for bare fingertips).

It can be used at temperatures ranging from -10 to 50C.

Other claimed features include 12-hour battery life (augmented with hot-swap capability), triple microphones for noise suppression, Android 8.1 Oreo, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core CPU, 16GB flash memory, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and a scanner able to read 44 types of barcodes (1D, 2D and QR) at up to five scans per second. An optional accessory scanner (due in early 2019) has a range of up to two metres and features a pistol grip for more comfortable operation.

The range of accessories also includes a passive stylus, holster belts, and a selection of chargers and vehicle mounts.

The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 handheld with 4G data and voice capability is available now for $1899 RRP. This is Panasonic's first device of its kind to be priced below $2000, Hose observed. A Wi-Fi only version is also available.

Panasonic Australia has plans to release the 7in Toughbook FZ-L1 tablet for those requiring a larger screen.


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