Panasonic today strengthened its Android™ line-up with the launch of the TOUGHBOOK A3, a fully rugged and adaptable tablet that is designed to meet the business-critical needs of today’s mobile workers. Featuring a 10.1-inch display, 9-hour battery life with standard batteries, water resistance and drop-tested to 1.5 metres, the light and portable TOUGHBOOK A3 caters to mobile workers who ply their trade in some of the most challenging work environments, making the device an ideal companion for workers in the emergency services, utilities, field service, transport, logistics and automotive fields.

The TOUGHBOOK A3 sports a MIL-STD-810 military-grade build and comes with the Ingress Protection Rating (IP65) to safeguard the device against dust, water splash and drops of up to 1.5 metres. Weighing at just 885g, it brings improved mobility, performance and flexibility, allowing users to leverage on a range of port options to ensure that the device meets the demands of their jobs.

“The mobility and durability of work devices are critical for workers who ply their trade in the harshest of work conditions. With this in mind, Panasonic has made marked improvements to the TOUGHBOOK A3 in every way, to provide mobile workers with a more adaptable, powerful and secure mobile computing solution to meet the business-critical needs of their profession. With a rugged and powerful device that can be counted on to support their mission-critical tasks, this will pave the way for workers to focus on their effectiveness and productivity, enhancing overall organisational efficiency,” said Mina Baek, General Manager and Head of Business, Toughbook Solutions Group, Panasonic System Solutions Asia Pacific.

Optimised for work in extreme conditions

Working on a device during outdoor field work can be challenging with the inevitable screen glare. Panasonic has addressed this issue with the TOUGHBOOK A3’s 10.1-inch outdoor-viewable display (1920×1200), which offers high visibility and clarity for both outdoor and indoor use. With the added rain and glove touch functionality, the 10-point capacitive touchscreen display can also be used with bare hands, gloved hands or the capacitive stylus pen for accurate annotation and signature collection even in rainy conditions.

To facilitate communication for mobile workers, the TOUGHBOOK A3 comes with a front camera and mic for video conferencing and a back camera with flash for document and image capture. With communication made easy, workers can have peace of mind to truly work from anywhere without needing to scramble for their next virtual meeting.

Catering to workers in the field for extended periods of time, the TOUGHBOOK A3 boasts a battery life of 9 hours[1] with standard batteries, and dual battery capabilities to provide it with an additional 15 hours of uptime through the optional large batteries.

Unparalleled flexibility to meet every business need

The TOUGHBOOK A3 comes configured with robust enterprise features, including a USB Type-C® (USB 3.0) and USB Type-A (USB 2.0), as well as three different customisable gadget port options in five different combinations which allows the device to be customised to meet the exact business requirements, including an optional smartcard reader, barcode reader or an additional USB Type-A (USB 2.0).

For maximum user functionality, the TOUGHBOOK A3 comes with five user-defined buttons for users to customise shortcuts based on their needs – from launching custom applications, to the barcode reader, to running a set routine.

The TOUGHBOOK A3 can also be docked in vehicles, with unrivalled communication capabilities with Bluetooth 5.0 to deliver faster data exchange or communicate over longer distances. Supporting WLAN IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/d/h/i/r/k/v/w with MIMO functionality, the tablet also ensures mission-critical connectivity for users to stay connected wherever they are. In addition, 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.

Specifications & Availability

Powered by Android™ 9 Pie operating system, the latest Qualcomm® Octa-Core SDM660 CPU (1.8GHz-2.2GHz) with 4GB memory and an increased 64GB eMMC storage, the TOUGHBOOK A3 ensures reliable and efficient performance with minimal strain on the processor and memory to support users while out in the field.

Available in Singapore via authorised distributors, the TOUGHBOOK A3 is priced from US$1,500 with a standard three-year warranty. The device can be customised with a range of optional accessories including an insertable Stylus Pen, a Pen Tether, a Rotating Hand Strap, Shoulder Strap and Protective Film.

By Harry