Panasonic Announces Toughpad FZ-M1, World’s Thinnest And Lightest Rugged 7-inch Windows Tablet

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1

At CES, Panasonic announced the new Toughpad FZ-M1. This new device is the world’s thinnest and lightest rugged 7-inch Windows tablet. It is powered by Windows 8.1 Pro and a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor. Its fully-rugged, sealed design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications for resistance to drops up to 5 feet, water, dust, and other elements. With a long-life, user-replaceable battery and sunlight-readable, high-sensitivity multi-touch screen for use with heavy gloves.

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-bit (with Windows® 7 downgrade option); 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ Processor (Fanless)
MEMORY, 8GB RAM and up to 256GB SSD
DURABILITY MIL-STD-810G, 5-foot drop and all-weather IP65 dust and water resistant design
DISPLAY 7-inch, daylight-readable, multi touch screen with glove touch technology
INTERFACE AND EXPANSION USB 3.0 port and MicroSDXC card slot for maximum connectivity, configurable with barcode, MSR, SmartCard, Serial and LAN*
WIRELESS Dedicated GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, UHF RFID, Bluetooth® v4.0 and optional 4G LTE Integrated Mobile Broadband (Multi-Carrier)
POWER Bridge Battery Enables Hot-swap Battery Replacement for Continuous Use
WARRANTY 3-year warranty with business-class support

It will be available early Spring 2014 with a price tag of $2,099.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    The reason all Japanese devices are water-proof is because Japanese women use them in bath-tubs, that fact aside, it’s great to see smaller and cheaper WIndows Tablet-P.C.’s ¿why weren’t Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 not taken as serious on Tablet-P.C./Slate devices? well, it’s great to see Windows rising :-)

    • Tips_y

      With a price tag of U.S.$2,099, I don’t think the new Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 can be considered cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

    • tropolite

      I agree with Tips_y – a US$2k price tag is HUGE for the formfactor. Enterprise capable is one thing but you’d think this could be built with a lower end price.
      My Toshiba Encore 8″ was only AU$450, (I know business/consumer differences).
      The reason previous OS’s weren’t taken seriously is because Win8 is the first recognised touch optimised OS (even though there is a Desktop functionality too).