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Panasonic Unveils Toughpad FZ-M1 7-Inch Windows Tablet at CES


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Panasonic introduced a new Windows tablet in their ToughPad lineup. It's the FZ-M1 7-Inch Windows Tablet and its defining characteristic is what Panasonic Tough devices are known for... extreme durability. Panasonic said the tablet is "built to enable mission-critical mobile worker productivity without compromise." It is built to withstand shock, vibration, water, dust and dropping from heights up to 120cm with full MIL-STD-810G and ANSI 12.12.1 certifications.

Here's a spec breakdown:
  • Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro processor
  • 8GB of DDR3L RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB SSD can be heated in cold environments
  • Display is 7-inch high brightness WXGA (1280 x 800) LED backlit IPS display
  • Intel HD graphics 4200 video controller
  • Touchscreen can be used while wearing gloves
  • 8 hours of battery life with an optional high capacity battery available for 16 hours of life.
  • A microSD card slot, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 720p front-facing camera with microphone
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED light
  • Optional 4G LTE connectivity
  • Optional Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional
It is very expensive with prices starting at $2,099, but for users who need a tablet in extreme or unusual environments, it's very likely worth its price. It also comes with a three-year warranty.