Panasonic launches new TOUGHBOOK tablet

June 24, 2020 Mining Editor

Panasonic has strengthened its popular AndroidTM line-up with the launch of the TOUGHBOOK A3, a fully rugged tablet with a 10.1 inch display. With Australian businesses increasingly turning to AndroidTM for their rugged mobile tablet and handheld needs, the TOUGHBOOK A3 is ideal for emergency services personnel, utilities and field service agents, transport and logistics operators and mining professionals.

The fully rugged device has a powerful battery life of nine hours[1] with standard batteries and 15 hours using the optional large battery with dual battery capability. Available in Australia from August 2020, the TOUGHBOOK A3 is designed for use and easy viewing in all light and weather conditions and boasts a range of flexible port options that can be configured to meet the needs of mobile workforces. Bolstering its position as a leading rugged device, the TOUGHBOOK A3 is also in the process of obtaining approval as an Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) device, to meet Google’s strict enterprise requirements for hardware and software.

“A successor to the popular TOUGHBOOK A2, this latest device is more rugged, powerful and able to work even longer in the field than its predecessor,” said Ranjit Sohoni, Senior Product & Marketing Manager Oceania – Mobility Solutions at Panasonic Australia.

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“The TOUGHBOOK A3 is ready-made for mobile workers in warehouses and using forklifts; field service agents and automotive workers needing devices for diagnostics, data management and operational controls; and emergency services personnel requiring a secure and effective mobile computing solution.”

The ability to pair the new TOUGHBOOK tablet offering with existing Android systems is set to streamline processes in rapid response situations and give better control over logistics and warehouse management. Panasonic expects this to be particularly welcomed by the country’s emergency services and transport teams, given the unprecedented demand of their services in the past 12 months due to natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether the requirement is scalability, flexibility or adaptability, the TOUGHBOOK A3 bolsters an organisation’s ability to deliver outstanding serviceability.

Tougher than ever

The TOUGHBOOK A3 is equipped to help mobile workers combat the toughest tasks in the field. It is water and dust resistant (IP65) and drop tested to 1.5 metres (MIL-STD-810H Certified). Using the AndroidTM 9.0 (Pie) operating system, the device is powered by the latest long-term-support Qualcomm® 2.2Hz Octa-Core SDM660 CPU with 4GB memory and an increased 64GB eMMC storage.

Clear and responsive display

The 10.1 inch outside viewable display (1920×1200) has been designed for easy use and clarity of vision both outside and indoors. The 10-point capacitive touchscreen display can be used by hand, gloved hand or with the capacitive stylus pen for accurate annotation or
signature collection even in the rain. It also includes a front camera and microphone for video conferencing and a back camera with flash for document and image capture.

Flexible for business needs

The tablet comes with a rich set of business interfaces including USB Type-C® (USB 3.0) and USB Type-A (USB 2.0). Three different customisable gadget port options in five different combinations allow the device to be tailored to exact business requirements, including an optional smartcard reader, barcode reader or an additional USB Type-A (USB 2.0).

Ready for vehicle use, the TOUGHBOOK A3 can be used with a vehicle dock and its communication capabilities are unrivalled with Bluetooth 5.0, to deliver faster data exchange or communicate over longer distances. It also supports WLAN IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/d/h/i/r/k/v/w with MIMO functionality.

The tablet offers Android OS Enterprise-grade Security, and Enterprise Mobility Management support makes device deployment and management easier.

The TOUGHBOOK A3 comes with a range of accessories – including docking stations, extended life batteries and carrying solutions – and a standard three-year warranty and will be available from August 2020. Prices start at $2999RRP inc GST.

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1. Measured with LCD brightness:150 cd/m2, Web browsing every 20 seconds through WLAN. Varies depending on the usage conditions, or when an optional dev ice is attached.

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