Panasonic is adding a new rugged tablet to its Toughpad lineup. The Toughpad FZ-M1 is the smallest and lightest Windows-powered Toughpad yet, featuring a 7 inch display, measures 0.7 inches thick, and weighing about 1.2 pounds.The
Sure, that makes it a lot heavier than other small tablets, but this is a military spec-tested machine that can withstand shock, vibration, and falls from up to 5 feet.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is also more powerful than a typical 7 inch tablet, featuring an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor and up to 8 hours of battery life. Panasonic will also offer an optional high capacity battery with support for up to 16 hours of run time.
Panasonic also plans to launch a cheaper model with an Intel Atom Bay trail processor. That model should launch by this summer. Both versions will be available with Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional.
The tablet’s designed to be enterprise-friendly, and also for outdoor user. It has a 500 nit display which should be easier to read outdoors than a typical LCD. Optional features including a stylus, SmartCard reader, barcode reader, GPS, RFID, and Ethernet or serial ports.
The Toughpad FZ-M1 has a 1280 x 800 pixel display, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of solid state storage, a USB 3. port, WiFi, Bluetooth, an SDXC card reader, and optional 4G LTE.
A tablet with those features doesn’t come cheap — the Toughpad FZ-M1 is expected to launch this spring for around $2,099 and up.