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Panasonic adds 5in Toughpad with voice to rugged war-ready device range

Panasonic has added a new warzone ready tablet to its Toughpad range that is the smallest to join the family and geared towards all manner of different bruising working environments with voice capabilities coming as standard.

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The new 5in Toughpad with voice can be used with either Microsoft Windows Embedded 8 Handheld or Google’s Android OS and is being specifically geared towards a variety of critical sectors.

“The 5in Toughpad with voice is the first of a new generation of rugged devices for these workforces and promises to be one of the toughest and longest working 5 inch device in the market. The new form factor is perfect for those in emergency services and public safety as well as for logistics, transportation, facilities, construction and field engineers,” stated Jan Kaempfer, Head of European Marketing at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions.

In terms of device features, Panasonic promises that it will have market leading battery life along with “hot swap capabilities” and its quick charging feature will endear it to those working in the targeted professions.

A glove-enabled touchscreen and outdoor viewable display suit it to a variety of challenging environments and it also includes a high-resolution camera alongside a bar code reader.

It will be released in two different versions with the voice version coming with Panasonic noise reduction technology that make sure clear communication takes place even with loud background noise.

As is expected of any device in Panasonic’s Toughpad and Toughbook devices it has rugged standards that protect against knocks, drops, extreme temperatures, water and dust with the 5in Toughpad setting new benchmarks for drop and ingress protection.

In addition, peripherals can be added to the Toughpad by using fixing screws or using the internally accessible microUSB port.

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It's expected that the new offering will hit certain European markets in Autumn 2014 and by then Panasonic will have rugged devices with screen sizes ranging from 5in all the way up to 20in.