Panasonic Introduces Two New Handheld Rugged Devices


Panasonic has launched a pair of new rugged and handheld devices targeting the mobile workforce that is particularly seen in the retail and warehousing environments. The two slim and sleek devices, Toughbook FZ-T1 and Toughbook FZ-L1 follow suit after the company has recently made announcement of its updated Toughbook N1.

Brian Rowley, the company’s vice president of marketing and product management for North America said that Panasonic always focuses on the way how the work is evolving when it comes to talking with customers and added that the devices have been launched keeping in mind the unexpected changes in the job and the need to keep up with those challenges. “Workers are being asked to be smarter and more efficient than ever, and much of that is made possible by mobile connectivity,” he said.

Panasonic informed that the new devices are equipped with integrated and high-volume barcode scanning capabilities and come with long-lasting batteries together with a capacity for high-speed connectivity.

Toughbook FZ-T1

The Toughbook FZ-T1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and boasts a 5-inch screen and can scan the barcodes quickly to ease the work of retail workers and employees belonging to transportation and logistics and furthers better productivity. It comes equipped with a built-in barcode reader and offers high-speed connectivity to facilitate integration with the databases and resource management systems. It is available in two models – one that offers only W-Fi connectivity and the other enabling voice and data connection on Verizon and AT&T networks not to mention Panasonic’s purpose-built P.180 data connectivity network.

Toughbook FZ-L1

The L1 version, on the other hand, is a professional-grade tablet which can be either used as a handheld device or can be mounted in a vehicle. This one too runs on the same Android version as the T1 but differs in the screen size with a 7-inch screen. The inbuilt barcode reader is also field-configurable and offers two modes – landscape or portrait. It is a Wi-Fi only model which supports data service on AT&T, Verizon, and of course the P. 180 by Panasonic.

Both the devices are also shock resistant and dust and water resistant. Panasonic said in a statement that it has been working on this release for almost a year planning to launch right devices for an entire ecosystem of right sellers.