15 November 2016

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 is world's lightest rugged handheld tablet

Panasonic has launched of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1, the world’s lightest1 fully rugged handheld tablet.

Its smallest Toughpad device to date, the 4.7" Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 handheld tablet can be operated with one hand. It weighs below 280g2, and comes in an ergonomically-designed case.

“The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 significantly raises the bar for the handheld market. It combines the best of handheld, smartphone, and barcode reader functionality into an all-round rugged tablet which offers ultimate flexibility, portability, and productivity to meet the varied needs of the mobile workforce,” said Yasuhide Fukunaga, GM of the Toughbook Solution Team, ASEAN at Panasonic.

“The Toughpad FZ-N1 builds on the legacy of Panasonic’s industry-leading rugged devices which provide all-inclusive innovative solutions for professionals working in the toughest business environments.”

With its integrated angled rear barcode reader, this device is well-suited for workers in the logistics and transportation sectors. The angled reader reduces the risk of repetitive strain injuries by removing the need for users to bend at the elbow or wrist when scanning. It also enables users to read the device screen while scanning, so workers can complete the process more quickly. In addition, this Toughpad comes with barcode reader activation buttons on either side of the device, making it easy to use by both left- and right-handed workers.

Equipped with a 4.7” HD capacitive multi-touch daylight-readable display, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 handheld tablet is readable in a wide range of conditions such as bright sunlight or in the rain, and those who need to operate touchscreens with gloves. Optional passive and active pens allow for more accurate signature recording and recognition capabilities.

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 tablets are equipped with both 4G LTE / 3G data and voice communications. These slim 16.3mm devices are well-equipped for phone calls in noisy environments: they come with triple microphones for superior noise suppression and dual front speakers delivering up to 100 dBA for enhanced sound clarity.

To ensure mobile workers are always connected, the handheld tablets also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. They come with an 8MP rear and 5MP front camera for document capture and webcam use, as well as a micro USB port, micro SD card slot, and dual micro SIM slots3.

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 runs on Android 5.1.1 with the Android for Work functionality, providing IT departments peace of mind by enabling them to separate business apps from personal apps on the device, thereby easing data security and management. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core CPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB of flash storage, as well as a standard battery and an optional extended battery targeting to deliver up to eight and 16 hours continuous operating time4 respectively.

Accessories include a hand strap, cradle, holster, charging cradle stand, and an extended battery.

The device also comes with its own vehicle docking solution, designed in-house by the Panasonic Global Docking Solutions team. The dock has been ergonomically designed using composite materials for a combination of light weight and durability, and supports single-handed docking and release.

The device draws upon Panasonic’s heritage for ruggedness with a MIL-STD-810G certification, an IP67 rating for dust and water submersion. It is rated for 1.8m drop resistance and the ability to withstand as many as 1,000 tumbles from a height of 1m.


The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1 Android 5.1.1 handheld tablet comes with a standard three-year warranty, and will be available from November 2016, priced at US$1,665.

1 As of 22nd February 2016, among handheld tablets which have 1.8m drop resistance, 4.7”-or-larger display and dedicated barcode reader.

2 The Japanese model weighs 275g and the European model weighs 277g.

3 At any given instance, only one SIM is active and it can be switched to the other SIM by graphical user interface (GUI) which is also described as 'dual SIM - single standby' .

4 Battery life measurement conditions: Wireless LAN connection enabled; continuous access to the server while browsing; swipe every 1 second; page change every 30 seconds, communication every 30 seconds.

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