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Panasonic Launches Its Most Powerful And Flexible Rugged Android™ Tablet FZ-B2

Latest Toughpad completes the Panasonic 7” rugged tablet family suitable for any mobile worker in any business and any industry



Panasonic today launched its most powerful and flexible Android™ business tablet with the introduction of the 7” display, rugged Toughpad FZ-B2. With its extreme battery life, brilliant daylight clear display and flexible business configuration options, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is the perfect work tool for mobile workers using light applications or businesses taking advantage of open source operating systems.

The Android™ device was unveiled at the ICT Exhibition, at Utrecht, in the Netherlands, and completes the Toughpad family of 7” rugged tablets, including the FZ-M1 and FZ-M1 Value with Windows 8.1. Importantly for businesses, this means that all three devices now use the same platform, meaning peripherals such as Lite-cradle, vehicle dock, hand straps, multi battery charger and additional batteries can be used with any device in the range.

Jan Kaempfer, Head of European Marketing, at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions, said: “With the Toughpad FZ-B2 we have designed the most powerful and flexible business Android™ tablet on the market. Alongside our other outstanding Windows-based 7” Toughpads, we have a family of business rugged tablets that can be tailored to meet the needs of any mobile worker, in any business, in any industry.”

The power for business
The fanless Toughpad FZ-B2 leads the fast growing 7” Android™ tablet market for processing power and memory. Running the Android™ 4.4 operating system, the device uses the latest state-of-art Intel® Celeron® Processor N2930 (Quad Core 1.83GHz up to 2.16GHz), with a market leading 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage capacity.

Long battery life and hot swap option
With built-in battery saving technology such as its ambient light sensor, the Toughpad FZ-B2 can operate for 7* hours on its replaceable battery on a 2.5 hour charge time. For those who need to work longer, a hot swappable battery set-up can be established using the configurable port options.

Unrivalled viewing quality
Using the latest LCD technology, the Toughpad FZ-B2 offers unrivalled levels of viewing quality for 7” tablet users working inside or outside. Offering extra wide viewing angles, strengthened glass, high contrast ratio and 500cd/m² high brightness paired with a Panasonic anti-reflection layer, the WXGA (1280x800) Resolution screen is purpose built to perform in any light conditions with 5 finger capacitive touch screen capabilities.

Cameras and fast communications
For users needing live video conference capabilities or to capture photographic images of documentation in the field, the FZ-B2 is equipped with a 2 megapixel front web camera with mic and 5 megapixel rear camera.

Built for today but with the future in mind, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is optimised for connectivity whatever the location and includes the latest WLAN 802.11ac technology for the fastest data transfer and Bluetooth® v4.0.

Designed for business
Weighing in at just 540g and 18mm thin, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is also highly flexible with configuration options to transform the tablet for vertical applications. Configurable integrated options include 2D barcode reader, Smartcard reader, WWAN using the latest Gobi 5000 technology, vehicle pass through antenna and hot swappable battery. As standard, the Toughpad FZ-B2 includes a full size USB 3.0, microSD, Headset, DC-In and microSIM.

Small but no less rugged
Built for the rigors of business, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is drop tested to 150cm** as well as having an IP65** ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water and it will operate effectively in temperatures ranging from -10 to +50°C.

Accessories to get the best from your Toughpad
To ensure mobile workers can make the best of their Toughpad FZ-B2, a full array of purpose built accessories is available including Lite-cradle, vehicle dock, multi battery charger, shoulder, hand and rotate straps, carry cases and a passive pen.

The Toughpad FZ-B2 will be available from December 2014 at a starting price of £591 + VAT. For further information, visit:

* Measured with LCD brightness:150 cd/m², Web browsing every 20 seconds through WLAN.
Varies depending on the usage conditions, or when an optional device is attached.
** Tested at Panasonic factory.

Press contact:
Michael Bartley
+ 44 (0) 118 900 1133

About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)
PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU’s goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organisations’ efficiency and performance. We help organisations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays, rugged mobile PCs and fire alarms solutions. With around 400 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.

PSCEU is made up of four product categories:

  • Communication Solutions, including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and SIP terminal devices.
  • Visual System Solutions, including projectors and professional displays. Panasonic offers the widest range of Visual products, and leads the European projector market with 28 % revenue share. (Futuresource B2B market tracking, Q1/2014)
  • Professional Camera Solutions, including Broadcast & ProAV products, security, fire alarm systems and industrial medical vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.
  • Computer Product Solutions helps mobile workers improve productivity with its range of Toughbook rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. As European market leaders, Panasonic Toughbook had a 66.4% revenue share of sales of rugged and durable notebooks and Panasonic Toughpad held a 50.4% revenue share of sales of rugged business tablets in 2013 (VDC Research, March 2014).