Panasonic launches the Toughpad FZ-A2 rugged Android tablet in the US, it costs more than $2,000


Panasonic is back again with its enterprise-focused Toughpad FX-A2 tablet, which was introduced in Europe back in July for the hefty price of £939 + tax.

But starting January 12, the Toughpad FX-A2 will be available in the United States for no less than $2,189. However, this price is for the base model, the Wi-Fi only version of the tablet.

The good news is the tablet comes with a couple of optional features like integrated configurations for barcode reader or second USB, integrated Smart Card Reader, AT&T or Verizon WWAN with 4G LTE, and Dual Pass-Through Antenna for better connectivity.

There are a couple of accessories that come with the tablet, such as desktop cradle, vehicle mount, active stylus pen and rotating hand strap.

The Toughpad FZ-A2 ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and Android for Work's enterprise security built-in, which is why it's aimed at enterprise customers.

The rugged features of the tablet include MIL-STD-810G certification, as the tablet offer protection from drops of up to five feet. It also features IP65 rating for protection from dust and water.


Specs-wise, the tablet is equipped with a 2.4GHz Intel Atom Z8550 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. It also sports a large 10.1-inch display with WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) resolution and 800 nit for better daylight readability.

An 8-megapixel camera is available on the back, while in the front the slate features a secondary 2-megapixel camera. Among the many connectivity options the tablet offers, we should mention Wi-Fi with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI out, USB A 3.0 and USB Type-C, as well as GPS.

According to Panasonic, the tablet's 2,720 mAh battery should provide up to 9 hours of average use, but a “hot swap battery” feature is available via business expansion module for those who want it.

source: Panasonic

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5 Comments

1. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

Seems more of a highly expensive excuse for a low-tier tough tablet PC. Very Niche but I'm sure it has its market, probably between CEO's of big companies looking for a tablet they can use in case they get hit with an RPG.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't get why you wouldn't get a more advanced processor with this?

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If it cost 939 Euros I don't get why it cost so much in USD, that conversion would only make the price go up to $996.......

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This seems to be aimed at military and government services with the smart card reader built in.

5. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

What a piece of crap for the price. A 2720 mah battery on a 10.1 inch screen isn't gonna give much battery life

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