CES 2014: Panasonic Launches Rugged 7-inch Windows Tablet
The FZ-M1 is a tough pad
Panasonic has launched the 7-inch Windows 8.1 Pro Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet at CES 2014.
Panasonic has combined the mobility and flexibility of this class of tablet with its rugged and business-focused design to create what they claim is the thinnest and lightest rugged 7” tablet on the market although, to be fair, they aren’t up against a great deal of competition in the sector.
The Toughpad FZ-M1 fanless design is made possible by the 4th generation Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro processor which, whilst powerful, runs on very low power consumption.
The Toughpad FZ-M1 comes with 4GB RAM, with an 8GB option and choices of a 128 or 256GB SSD.
A lite version of the Toughpad FZ-M1, with the latest Intel Celeron processor will also be available mid 2014. The lite version will feature the Windows 8.1 operating system.
A 'lite' version will follow in Spring 2014
The tablet weighs in at 540g, and is 18mm in depth and configurable integrated options include 4G mobile broadband, GPS and vehicle pass through antenna. The integrated business expansion module options include Mini-Serial, LAN, NFC, Smartcard Reader, 1D/2D Barcode Reader, UHF RFID and battery hot swap capabilities. As standard, the Toughpad FZ-M1 includes a full size USB 3.0, Micro SD, Headset, DC-In and microSIM.
Offering extra wide viewing angles, strengthened glass, high contrast ratio and 500cd/m² high brightness paired with a Panasonic anti-reflection layer, the WXGA (1280x800) Resolution screen is purpose built to perform in any light conditions and has ten finger capacitive touch screen capabilities.
For users needing live video conference or capture photographic images of documentation in the field, the FZ-M1 is equipped with a 2 megapixel front web camera with stereo mic and 5 megapixel rear camera. An additional 8 megapixel rear camera is also available as an option.
The Toughpad FZ-M1 will be available from February 2014 at a starting price of £1,183
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