Panasonic adds more battery power to Toughpad FZ-G1

The rugged device now has a 25 percent longer battery life with up to 10 hours of continuous use on a single standard battery.


Panasonic finally addressed the mediocre battery life on the Toughpad FZ-G1 10-inch tablet.

The company announced the rugged device now has a 25 percent longer batter life with up to 10 hours of continuous use on a single standard battery. Users requiring even longer battery life can opt for the long-life battery, which provides power for up to 20 hours.

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If it functions as well as Panasonic claims, the upgraded battery will fare significantly better than the original Toughpad iteration, which was described as follows in a previous ZDNet product reveiew:

Judging from our tests, you can expect the Toughpad FX-G1 to last between 1.3 and 7.2 hours, these being the estimates for running a load (in this case, Microsoft's Fishbowl HTML5 test) in High Performance mode and idling in Power Save mode. With judicious tweaking of power management settings and a real-world mix of load and idle time, you should get around four hours of work out of the standard battery. This means you'll need to carry a spare standard battery or use the high-capacity 9-cell battery to get a full day's work done on battery power.

The device has also been outfitted with new options for an integrated UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader or contactless smart card reader and optional certification for use in hazardous locations. 

Additional upgrades to the Toughpad FZ-G1 include an updated OS to Windows 8.1 Pro, a faster Intel Core vPro processor, and enhanced wifi connectivity via Intel Dual Band Wireless. Classic features such as shock, vibration, altitude and humidity durability are retained in the new version. 



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