The device has a battery life of nine hours with standard batteries and 15.5 hours with optional large batteries with dual battery capability, is designed for use and easy viewing in all light and weather conditions and has a range of flexible ports options that can be configured to meet the mobile workforce’s needs. The device also supports Panasonic COMPASS 2.0, the suite of enterprise management tools for rugged tablets and handheld devices running Android .
Jan Kaempfer, General Manager of Marketing for Mobile Solutions Business Division – Europe said: "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. 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.”
It is water and dust resistant (IP65) and drop tested to an increased 1.5 metres. Using the Android 9 Pie operating system, the device is powered by the latest Qualcomm Octa-Core SDM660 CPU (1.8GHz-2.2GHz) with 4GB memory and an increased 64GB eMMC storage.
Panasonic said that the 10.1 inch outside viewable display (1920x1200), with high visibility has been designed for easy use and clarity of vision 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 mic for video conferencing and a back camera with flash for document and image capture.
The tablet comes with 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 TOUGHBOOK A3 is optimised for Global Positioning use with Galileo and GPS in Europe, GLONASS in Russia, QZSS in Japan and Beidou support in China.
It comes bundled with the Panasonic COMPASS suite of Enterprise Management tools a range of accessories, a standard three year warranty and will be available from August 2020. Prices start at £1,182 plus tax.