Panasonic launches its Android Tablet FZ-B2

Bracknell, UK, October 30, 2014: Panasonic has launched its most powerful and flexible Android business tablet with the introduction of the 7” display, rugged Toughpad FZ-B2. With its extreme battery life, brilliant daylight clear display and flexible business configuration options, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is the perfect work tool for mobile workers using light applications or businesses taking advantage of open source operating systems.


The Android device was unveiled at the ICT Exhibition, at Utrecht, in the Netherlands, and completes the Toughpad family of 7” rugged tablets, including the FZ-M1 and FZ-M1 Value with Windows 8.1. Importantly for businesses, this means that all three devices now use the same platform, meaning peripherals such as Lite-cradle, vehicle dock, hand straps, multi battery charger and additional batteries can be used with any device in the range.

Jan Kaempfer, Head of European Marketing, at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions, said, “With the Toughpad FZ-B2 we have designed the most powerful and flexible business Android tablet on the market. Alongside our other outstanding Windows-based 7” Toughpads, we have a family of business rugged tablets that can be tailored to meet the needs of any mobile worker, in any business, in any industry.”

The power for business

The fanless Toughpad FZ-B2 leads the fast growing 7” Android tablet market for processing power and memory. Running the Android 4.4 operating system, the device uses the latest state-of-art Intel Celeron Processor N2930 (Quad Core 1.83GHz up to 2.16GHz), with a market leading 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage capacity.

Long battery life and hot swap option

With built-in battery saving technology such as its ambient light sensor, the Toughpad FZ-B2 can operate for 7 hours on its replaceable battery on a 2.5 hour charge time. For those who need to work longer, a hot swappable battery set-up can be established using the configurable port options.

Unrivalled viewing quality

Using the latest LCD technology, the Toughpad FZ-B2 offers unrivalled levels of viewing quality for 7” tablet users working inside or outside. Offering extra wide viewing angles, strengthened glass, high contrast ratio and 500cd/m² high brightness paired with a Panasonic anti-reflection layer, the WXGA (1280×800) Resolution screen is purpose built to perform in any light conditions with 5 finger capacitive touch screen capabilities.

Cameras and fast communications

For users needing live video conference capabilities or to capture photographic images of documentation in the field, the FZ-B2 is equipped with a 2 megapixel front web camera with mic and 5 megapixel rear camera.

Built for today but with the future in mind, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is optimised for connectivity whatever the location and includes the latest WLAN 802.11ac technology for the fastest data transfer and Bluetooth v4.0.

Designed for business

Weighing in at just 540g and 18mm thin, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is also highly flexible with configuration options to transform the tablet for vertical applications. Configurable integrated options include 2D barcode reader, Smartcard reader, WWAN using the latest Gobi 5000 technology, vehicle pass through antenna and hot swappable battery. As standard, the Toughpad FZ-B2 includes a full size USB 3.0, microSD, Headset, DC-In and microSIM.

Small but no less rugged

Built for the rigors of business, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is drop tested to 150cm as well as having an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water and it will operate effectively in temperatures ranging from -10 to +50°C.

Accessories to get the best from your Toughpad

To ensure mobile workers can make the best of their Toughpad FZ-B2, a full array of purpose built accessories is available including Lite-cradle, vehicle dock, multi battery charger, shoulder, hand and rotate straps, carry cases and a passive pen.

The Toughpad FZ-B2 will be available from December 2014 at a starting price of £591 + VAT. 

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