Panasonic adds lightweight handheld device

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Combined barcode reader, phone and tablet is built for knocks.

Panasonic has launched what it claims is the world's lightest fully rugged 3-in-1 handheld tablet, the Toughpad FZ-N1.

The lightweight unit combines a mobile barcode reader, phone and tablet in one fully-ruggedised device capable of withstanding drops, heat and cold, vibration, dust and rain.

Features include:

  • Weighs 277 grams and measures 74mm (W) x 156mm (H) x 16.3mm (D).
  • Angled barcode reader that allows the user to scan items without bending at the elbow or wrist while also being able to clearly read the screen.
  • Daylight readable 4.7” display that works with a wet screen or with gloves on and built to withstand a 1.8 metre drop on concrete.
  • Fully sealed against dust and submersible in 100cm of water for 30 minutes, meeting IP65 and IP67 certification requirements. Able to withstand temperatures from below -10oC to above +50oC.
  • Android Lollipop operating system and a 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 4G phone connectivity, dual SIM card support and up to 700 hours standby time. It comes with 100 decibel speakers with noise suppression and triple noise-cancelling microphones.
  • Able to operate for longer a typical eight hour work shift on the standard, field replaceable battery that can be swapped while keeping the device operational. The optional extended life battery lasts longer than two full work shifts.
  • Optional accessories include a vehicle dock, hand strap, single and multiple device cradles, multi-battery charger, passive and active stylus options and an extended life battery.

The Toughpad FZ-N1 is priced at $2799rrp, more information from Panasonic.

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