We’ve seen lots of expensive tablets. Some were with high price tag because of the display, others because of the design or ecosystem, but the Panasonic FZ-A2 costs $2,189 for a completely different reason. Interestingly enough, the model is Wi-Fi only.
Sometimes businesses need tough devices that can last for hours and can work in various conditions such as factories, roadwork or mining. That’s why Panasonic released FZ-A2 with MIL-STD-810G certification. It also has IP65 rating for protection of dust and water.
The display is 10.1” WUXGA IPS that can be used even with gloves and works perfectly fine under direct sunlight with 800 cd/sq.m brightness. Underneath it there is Intel Atom Z8550 processor with 3GB RAM. The battery is said to last 9 hours and unlike most tablets, this one can be replaced. All the ports, along with the USB-C for charging, are hidden under a side panel that opens and closes, so no fine particles get inside.
Since it is a business model, there are additions such as barcode reader and smartcard reader. And because it is so professionally oriented, the price also goes in this direction. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 costs $2,189 - for that amount of money the tablet better be able to take a lot of abuse.