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Panasonic launches Toughpad FZ-A2 tablet

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged Android tablet with Intel Atom x5-Z8550
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2
This new rugged tablet is powered by Android Marshmallow and uses the Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.

Although Panasonic has quite a few Toughpad slates in its portfolio already, the Japanese tech giant has just announced a new one. Dubbed FZ-A2, this 10.1-inch Android tablet is a rugged device that targets business customers who need a slate to use in showrooms, automotive workshops, and so on, since it was unveiled at the Panasonic Automotive Innovation Summit in Barcelona.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 is rated IP65 for protection from the elements and comes with the following highlights:

  • Processor: Intel Atom x5 Z8550 SoC
  • Memory/Storage: 4 GB RAM; 32 GB eMMC internal storage and microSD support
  • Display: 10.1-inch 10-point multitouch with 1,920X1,080 pixels
  • Connectivity: USB 3.0 Type A, USB 3.0 Type C OTG, HDMI, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Operating system: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

The list of optional capabilities is pretty long as usual, including a smartcard reader, 4G connectivity, a 2D barcode reader, and more. According to the official press release, the Toughpad FZ-A2 is driven by a user-removable battery that can provide up to nine hours of autonomy on a single charge.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 does not come cheap, as it is expected to hit the market in July starting at more than $1,300 USD.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-06-13 (Update: 2016-06-13)