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Panasonic announces Toughpad FZ-R1 mobile POS tablet

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-R1 mobile POS tablet with 4G LTE, credit card reader, and signature technology
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-R1
This device is the world’s first Windows 8.1 slate to integrate a Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) reader for secure payments, offering built-in chip and PIN combined with signature technology for enhanced security.

While Panasonic's latest Toughpad device is not aimed at the consumer market, this Windows 8.1-powered tablet is surely something worth being mentioned. According to the official press release, the Toughpad FZ-R1 is "the industry's first 7-inch all-in-one mobile POS tablet running Windows 8.1 for retail environments and [able] to meet the changing omni-channel customer expectations while providing secure transaction capabilities."

The device has been unveiled yesterday at the 104th annual National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show and packs the following highlights:

  • Processor: 1.58 GHz Intel Celeron N2807
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB or 4 GB RAM; 64 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 64 GB
  • Display: 7-inch touchscreen with 1,280X800 pixels
  • Camera: 5 MP back with integrated 2D barcode scanner option, but no front camera
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, optional 4G LTE and dock connector  
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-R1 accepts MSR, chip/PIN, and NFC electronic payments and can work up to 8 hours on a single charge. This autonomy can be extended thanks to optional hot swap and 16-hour life battery. The base configuration has a price of $1,799 USD and will hit the market in late spring 2015.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-01-12 (Update: 2015-01-12)