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.
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.