Panasonic launches FZ-T1 next-generation Toughbook handheld device – versatility with style and substance

 

Panasonic today announced the launch of its next-generation Toughbook FZ-T1 handheld device – a slimline, rugged model perfect for mobile workforces seeking an all-in-one solution.

The eye-catching, yet durable, 5” Android device brings together the best of handheld and smartphone functionality into a single design, to suit the mobile needs of industries such as retail and hospitality, emergency services, manufacturing, and transport and logistics.

The new Toughbook FZ-T1 is one of the most versatile, stylish and affordable Android rugged handhelds for business, and is underpinned by Panasonic’s industry-leading reputation for durable design and flexible functionality.

 

Clare Hose, Product Marketing Manager, Toughbook, Panasonic Australia, said: “The Toughbook FZ-T1 is an important addition to our rugged handheld portfolio. Our customers are seeking a practical, rugged solution with a sleeker finish, which can still withstand difficult conditions – and that is exactly what we have delivered.”

“As Panasonic has done for 100 years as a company and for more than two decades with our Toughbook range, we evolve and innovate to meet the changing needs of our users.

“Mobile technology is clearly the future for business, but technology churn continues to be a significant cost challenge for organisations. It’s no surprise that with savings of up to 15% over a five year-period on total cost of ownership1, Panasonic’s rugged devices are becoming the logical choice for decision makers who are seeking long-term investment in technology solutions.

“However, the business need for rugged devices is evolving from the traditional environmental concerns of withstanding drops and water and dust protection, to features such as the type of display, battery life and power management, data security and communication capabilities.”

 

More customers are recognising that a rugged device is not the same as a regular handheld device. Consumer devices have components that are not designed to withstand continuous use in difficult conditions, and are liable to break down from shock, dust, moisture, heat and cold.

In fact, research shows that for standard handheld devices1, the average cost of downtime per incident (including lost productivity, breakages and IT support to fix products or replace data) is upwards of AUD $3,000.

With its voice and data capabilities, integrated barcode scanner and wide-range of functionality and accessories, the Toughbook FZ-T1’s balance of mobility and durability is set to improve workforce productivity and the ease and efficiency of business operations across Australia.

Panasonic also plans to release the Toughbook FZ-L1, a lightweight, rugged Android tablet perfect for edge computing and customer-facing mobile workers looking for a versatile and cost-effective device. The 7” display model is available with voice and data capability for both inside and field-based workers.

 

Pricing and availability

The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 handheld with 4G data and voice capability is available now for $1899 RRP.

For further information, visit the Panasonic website.

 

1 Panasonic: Pay Now, Save Later – The Business Case for Rugged Devices