Nothing’s worse than buying an expensive device and seeing it shatter or chip the first time it hits the floor. Panasonic agrees, and this year at CES 2014 they showed off their latest Toughpad with the 7-inch Toughpad FZ-M1. It’s not the fanciest or sleekest tablet you’ll see, but it’s definitely one of the toughest…
Panasonic’s Toughpads are its rough and rugged lineup of tablets, and the FZ-M1 certainly belongs with its brethren. The Toughpad FZ-M1 is sealed up tight and certified to stand up to MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications which means it can withstand a drop of up to 5 feet along with water, dust, and other tablet destroying particles. It’s also touted as the world’s lightest and thinnest rugged Windows tablet as it only weighs 1.2 pounds and is 0.71 inches thick.
Under the 1,280 x 800 7-inch display is where things get interesting as the Toughpad FZ-M1 is no ordinary Windows tablet. It’s powered by an Intel Haswell Core i5 processor and comes with 8GB of RAM. You also have the option of going with a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, and it comes with Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit although you can downgrade to Windows 7 if you prefer. Throw in GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, a microSDXC slot, and the option of 4G LTE, and you’ve got yourself a powerful little tablet with all the bells & whistles that can take a beating.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 isn’t going to be a Windows tablet for everyone, but it looks to be a winner if you work in harsh conditions or just want a tough damn tablet. If Chuck Norris owned a tablet… it would probably be this one. No firm release date has been set, but the Toughpad FZ-M1 is expected to hit the streets in February/March with a hefty price tag of around $2,100.
Via – Panasonic