With the mainstream consumer market, tablets and smartphones follow a trend of thin, sleek, beautiful, and elegant as this seems to be what most people want from their mobile devices. These kinds of tablets are great but they don’t serve their purpose for everyone. People that work in hazardous or otherwise more dangerous environments need something which can stand up to significant damage in the event that things are accidentally dropped. This is where Panasonic’s Toughpad series of devices comes in as they’re built to last and withstand all kinds of damage for people that work in hazardous industries. Today Panasonic is making things a little better by announcing a new ATEX certified version of their 5-inch Android powered Toughpad tablet.
Because these are ATEX certified, it means they’ve been certified to be used in above ground, Zone 2 Working Spaces that could be potentially explosive gas environments. The device has a built-in barcode scanner in addition to the protective leather case that surrounds the handheld, and has full access to voice call capabilities as well as email and other smartphone related functions which Android provides. Panasonic has also made it possible for customers who purchase these new ATEX certified units to distinguish them from the original models, as the bardcode scanners are integrated into the design of the unit. Panasonic also mentions that they have fixed the device with a yellow bezel to make it distinguishable by color.
The new Toughpad Tablet runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor with an accompanying 2GB of RAM. It also comes with 32GB of internal storage space so workers can store anything they need. They feature a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, and they come equipped with NFC, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0. They’re also built to support 4G LTE networks and WiFi 802.11 ac. The cameras on board are 8MP for the rear and a 1.3MP for the front of the device, which are generally mid-range to low-end these days. Battery wise it comes packed with a 6,200mAh battery that’s rated to last up to 14 hours of continuous use data. They’re also IP54 rated. Panasonic states the device will be available starting by the end of September 2015.