First Look: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1

Panasonic recently announced the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, a fully-rugged 7 inch tablet running Windows 8.1. And the best way to show off this ruggedised tablet is to put in on a block of ice.
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The Toughpad FZ-M1 fully rugged design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G for drops (up to 1.5 meters), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. The fanless design allows it to meet IP65 standards for rain and dust. The tablet has also been submitted for ANSI 12.12.1 certification (Class1, Div2) for use in incendiary environments.
We even got someone wearing heels to stand on the Toughpad. No problem. Don’t do this with your normal tablet.
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Most people would expect a rugged tablet to be bulky and heavy. But this is not the case for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1. The 7 inch tablet weighs only 540 grams and 1.78cm thick.
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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is powered by the new 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor with 128 GB SSD and 4GB RAM. Has the usual WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, 720p front facing camera, 5 megapixel rear facing camera and micro SDXC slot. Battery life is up to 8 hours and come with hot swappable option. Other options includes dedicated GPS, Ethernet or serial port, NFC, SmartCard, Barcode, RFID and magnetic stripe reader.
Here’s a picture of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 with barcode scanner.
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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 will be available in Singapore from March 2014 at a starting price of S$2600. The price may seem expensive for a 7 inch Windows tablet. That’s because this is not a normal consumer product. Most consumer won’t need this kind of rugged tablet. It is more suitable for those working in extreme conditions.
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