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Tough tablet computing arrives in NZ

Mon 24 Sep 2012
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The Panasonic Toughpad is set to revolutionise the face of tablet computing – and it is to arrive in New Zealand very shortly.

The fully-rugged Android-powered device sets itself far apart from the competition by delivering tablet computing which is ready to take on the great outdoors.

That’s according to Panasonic Toughbook distributor Comworth, which has secured stock of the much-anticipated device and indicates that the Toughpad is expected to be available to end-users by November.

The Toughpad offers familiar features such as:

• Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)• Dual Core 1.2 GHz processor• 10.1” XGA LED 1024 x 768 multi touch screen, and digitizer• 1GB DDR2, 16GB Flash• 3G mobile broadband (optional)• GPS receiver (satellite-based) (optional), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot router,• 2MP front (webcam) and 5MP rear with auto focus and LED light• USB, HDMI, SDHC

However, these are not the features which make the Toughpad unique. In addition, it offers:

• MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certification (drop it, wet it, operate it in dust and grime)• Daylight-readable screen• Dedicated FIPS security processor for enterprise-class encryption• Software security (exclusive to the Panasonic Toughpad family) such as network proxy settings• Device Management allows the tablet to be controlled and secured by a network administrator• Secure docking and vehicle mounting options• Advanced GPS for accuracy and uptime• 3 Year warranty standard

According to Comworth Panasonic product manager Rachel McBeth, demand from customers is substantial.

“Tablet computing is delivering greater flexibility and convenience for a range of businesses," she says.

"The Toughpad is the most purpose-built tablet for mobile workers in any industry; it is secure and manageable, and as a fully-rugged device it is capable of operating in the most demanding of conditions, including rain, at sea, and in muddy or dusty environments.”

While she says interest is coming from customers already satisfied with the unique capabilities of Toughbook laptops, other users are taking notice.

“Tablets are great for any number of field applications, but tend to be fragile," she says.

"Drop, sit on, wet or get dust into a consumer tablet and it’s dead.

"The Toughpad can handle all that abuse and more without missing a beat.

"That’s what IT managers want when workers depend on technology to get their jobs done.”

She says Comworth’s initial order of Toughpads is already largely spoken for.

“Demand is significant and as use-cases continue to emerge for business-oriented tablet computing, it is likely to escalate," she says.

*The first Toughpad to enter the market is the 10.1-inch A1. Depending on specifications, end-user pricing is expected to be between $1800 and $2030 before GST.

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