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MWC 2014: Panasonic launching 5-inch Toughpad

Tough enough to run both Windows and Android. Grrr

by Mark Hodgkinson Feb 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM


  • Nobody does rugged quite like Panasonic and the ongoing MWC has seen them launch a new 5-inch Toughpad.
    The device is both voice and data capable but we’ll refrain from terming it a phablet.

    It’s an interesting proposition in that it runs both Windows 8 mobile and Android so it is aimed at the business user that currently has an Android handset and its durability sounds ideal for those working in demanding conditions. Or the very clumsy.

    The 5” toughpad promises a market leading long battery life, with hot swap capabilities and quick charging features to keep you working when on the move or in the field.

    There’s a glove–enabled touchscreen and an outdoor viewable display with integrated high resolution camera and bar code reader too. In line with the rest of the Toughpad and Toughbook range, the new device will be built to the same standards for knocks, drops, extreme temperatures, water and dust protection and deliver new benchmarks for drop and ingress protection for devices.
    Fast-charging, hot-swapping, bomb-proof. OK, not the last of those.

    The toughpad will allow peripherals to be added to the device using fixing screws or via the internally accessible micro USB port.

    With two versions of operating system planned, including voice and data options, the 5” tablet voice version will come with Panasonic noise reduction technology to ensure clear communications, even in areas with loud background machine or mechanical noise.

    “Many businesses are looking for solutions to their business communication needs in a work environment but haven’t found it in the consumer mobile devices available,” said Jan Kaempfer, Head of European Marketing at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions.

    “The 5” toughpad with voice is the first of a new generation of rugged devices for these workforces and promises to be one of the toughest and longest working 5 inch device in the market. The new form factor is perfect for those in emergency services and public safety as well as for logistics, transportation, facilities, construction and field engineers.”

    The 5” toughpad will be introduced to selected European markets in Autumn 2014. Pricing has not yet been confirmed.

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