Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-F1 Windows Phone now available in Australia

Panasonic launched their Toughpad FZ-F1 industrial Windows Phone in India in February this year, and now the rugged handset has reached Australian shores.

The rugged device is intended for the automobile, pharmaceuticals and the oil & gas industries, runs Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise and boasts 3-in-1 capabilities combining a mobile barcode reader, phone and tablet into one device with a long-lasting battery that provides up to eight hours of continuous use.

It is MIL-STD-810G rated, covering a broad range of environmental hazards, and also IP65 and IP67 with an all-weather sealed body, including seal covers for the ports. The design also accommodates for any drops, with a raised bezel around the screen, but still come in at a mere 277 grams.

The OS Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise offers native support for barcode scanning and instantaneous application access. It also supports multiple user profiles and an advanced lockdown mode.

Marc Amelung, general manager of Mobile Solutions at Panasonic Australia, said: “It’s no surprise that the rugged mobile market is expected to continue its steady growth – Australian companies are realising consumer-grade products do not provide the necessary value or sophistication required to address business needs. This has resulted in thousands being lost in repair costs and days being lost each year in productivity.

“The FZ-F1 will help to slash field failure rates, raise productivity and reduce work-based injuries thanks to its innovative design. Panasonic has a strong 20 year heritage in the Toughbook category and we will continue to adapt and serve businesses with our tailored solutions.”

The Windows-powered Toughpad FZ-F1 will be available in September priced from A$2799.

See it in action below:

Read more at Panasonic’s site here.

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