Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ-M1 is not your run of the mill tablet PC. You can take it to places where you wouldn’t dare step foot in whilst carrying your slate, and it can take much more abuse that your average tablet, while providing enough muscle to beat out most 7 inch devices out there.
Interested? Read on to know more about it.
Toughpad FZ-M1 – 7-inch Rugged Windows Tablet
Like most devices in Panasonic’s Toughpad line, the FZ-M1 is made of sturdier stuff. It is rated at MIL-STD-810G (which means it can withstand extreme conditions like shock, humidity, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze and thaw, humidity, high and low temperatures, and explosive atmosphere) and all-weather IP65 (which means it is both dust and water-resistant). It can survive 5-foot drops without breaking a sweat. Its 7-inch daylight-readable WXGA display has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
Specs-wise, the FZ-M1 packs a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro Haswell processor (with Turbo Boost up to 2.3 GHz), 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. The top of the line model features a 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. You can choose a lower (and cheaper) configuration with an Intel Bay Trail-M processor, 128 GB SSD, and Windows 7 Professional. Other features include 2 cameras (720p front and 5 MP rear) a USB 3.0 port, a microSDXC card slot (up to 64 GB), a barcode scanner, SmartCard, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and optional 4G LTE. According to the press release, this baby has an 8-hour battery life.
Pricing and Availability
If you need something more to wrap your head around this device, here’s what Rance Poehler, president for the Panasonic System Communications Company of North America had to say about it:
Most tablets on the market today are designed to be ‘good enough’ to meet most users’ needs. But ‘good enough’ won’t cut it for a large portion of the mobile workforce, who need tools they can depend on in challenging conditions to get the job done without compromise. The Toughpad FZ-M1 is built for those workers. Its highly portable and compact size, power, connectivity and configuration options, and sheer toughness make it the ideal tablet to connect mission-critical workers of all types with the data they need to do their jobs at any time.
Notice that he mentioned ‘workers.’ This is because the FZ-M1 is geared toward enterprise, business, and government use – and that explains the tablet’s hefty price tag of US $2099 and up. It’s expected to hit the shelves this spring.