Panasonic unveils Toughbook H1 Field

Panasonic Computer Solutions Co. has debuted he Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field. According to the company, the new device enables “extreme mobility and productivity” for field sales personnel, first responders, supervisors, inspectors, drivers, delivery personnel, warehouse, maintenance and other mobile workers

Panasonic Computer Solutions Co. has debuted he Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field. According to the company, the new device enables “extreme mobility and productivity” for field sales personnel, first responders, supervisors, inspectors, drivers, delivery personnel, warehouse, maintenance and other mobile workers.

The Toghbook H1 Field will be available worldwide starting in March. In the U.S. it will be carried by authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.

“As workforces become more mobile, it’s critical to empower them with the right tools,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, for Panasonic Computer Solutions. “The Toughbook H1 Field was designed based on extensive customer input to ensure it had the right mix of form factor, features and durability to maximize worker productivity and value. With so many features that exceed the performance capabilities of competitive products, we believe the Toughbook H1 Field is best positioned to meet the computing needs of highly mobile workers, along with their IT administrators.”

The H1 Field includes a 500-nit, 10.4-in, dual-touch display designed to offer both tablet and touch-screen functionality. The display also includes a circular polarizer, plus anti-glare and anti-reflective screen treatments, intended to make it easier to view in direct sunlight.

Weighing only 3.4 lbs., the mobile computing platform features 2GB of RAM and a 64GB reinforced, flex-connect, solid-state drive and includes multiple security features, such as options for a contactless or insertable SmartCard reader and a fingerprint reader.

The unit is also available with a variety of accessories intended to enhance productivity, such as carrying cases, shoulder straps, charging devices and Toughbook-tested vehicle mounting solutions.

The handheld tablet can also be equipped with next-generation GPS technology, allowing for location-based services with improved accuracy, faster satellite acquisition time and lower power consumption, according to Panasonic.

Certified to meet IP65 and MIL-STD-810G with a six-foot drop rating, the Toughbook H1 Field “offers the durability users have come to expect from Toughbook mobile computers,” noted the company. With optional SmartCard, RFID and barcode readers, camera, GPS and Qualcomm’s Gobi2000 mobile broadband technology, the device was developed to help maximize mobile worker productivity.

The Toughbook H1 Field offers a range of embedded wireless connectivity options, including 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and Qualcomm’s new Gobi2000 technology. It will soon be certified on the Sprint and Verizon Wireless networks, said Panasonic, and other wireless carrier certifications will be also announced shortly. It is backed with a 3-year standard warranty and lifetime technical support.

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