Panasonic released today a new rugged, shock-resistant tablet that can be used in humidity enviroments, at extreme temperature and it can also handle vibration. This tablet is called ToughPad FZ-M1 and comes with the MIL-STD-810G standard for drops up to 5 feet and water and dust resistance IP65 certification.
The tablet packs a 7-inch display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, a panel that is readable even in sunlight. While the cheapest version packs an Intel Celeron N2807 Bay Trail processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, there’s also a version with a Core i5 Hashwell SoC. We can buy the tablet in 64, 128 or 256 GB versions and with 4 or 8 GB of RAM.
The basic model with Intel Celeron processor will be available at a $1299 pricetag, while the Intel Core i5 version has a pricetag of $2099. On the conectivity side we get WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microSD card slot and optional 4G LTE, NFC, SmartCard reader, RFID reader, magnetic strip reader GPS or ethernet port. This tablet offers a built-in battery that should give us up to 8 hours of lifetime. Panasonic ToughPad FZ-M1 weighs 544 grams and measures 18.03 mm in thickness.