Panasonic Rolls Out A Windows 8.1 Tablet Meant For The Outdoors

7-inch and 8-inch Windows tablets are sort of getting attention right now as major tablet and laptop makers the likes of Asus, Acer, Lenovo and Dell are announcing small-sized Windows 8.1 tablets all throughout last year. This year, Panasonic jumps on the bandwagon with its Toughpad FZ-M1. The tablet sports the same design aesthetics as previous generation Toughpads that is characterized …


 

7-inch and 8-inch Windows tablets are sort of getting attention right now as major tablet and laptop makers the likes of Asus, Acer, Lenovo and Dell are announcing small-sized Windows 8.1 tablets all throughout last year.

This year, Panasonic jumps on the bandwagon with its Toughpad FZ-M1. The tablet sports the same design aesthetics as previous generation Toughpads that is characterized by a white or silver bezel surrounded by a tough looking rubber lining.

The FZ-M1 packs a 7-inch display with 720p resolution. Its internals is composed of a fanless Intel Core i5 vPro processor, 8GB of RAM and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. There’s also a USB 3.0 port and a microSDXC card slot with options for barcode, MSR, SmartCard and Serial & Land features.

Connectivity-wise, the FZ-M1 comes equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, dedicated GPS, NFC, UHF RFID, Bluetooth v4.0 and optional LTE connectivity. The battery of the tablet is also removable.

And of course, bearing the Toughpad name means the tablet is ruggedised boasting IP65 certification as well as bearing a MIL-STD-810G rating. There’s no word on pricing and availability yet, but we’ll definitely update our blog once more information becomes available.

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