Panasonic unveils new ruggedized Windows 8/Android Toughpads

Panasonic unveils new ruggedized Windows 8/Android Toughpads

Summary: Panasonic hopes that its two new tablets -- one running Windows 8 and the other Android -- will help it grab 50 percent of the ruggedized tablet space by 2015.

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If you want a tablet that can take anything you can throw at it -- or just throw it -- then the new Panasonic Toughpads are for you. Best of all, you get a choice of Windows 8 or Android.

The Toughpad FZ-G1 is a 10-inch Windows 8 Pro system packing a 1,920 x 1,200 display, 1.9GHz Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3437U processor, a 128GB SSD (upgradable to 2654GB), and up to 8GB of RAM. The system is powered by a battery listed as offering 8-hours of life.

The JT-B1 is a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich.' It features a 1,024 x 600 display, and comes equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4660 processor, 16GB storage and 1GB RAM.

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Both Toughpad have been put through -- and passed -- the rigorous MIL-STD-810G test for drops, fluid ingress and temperature, in order to ensure they can deliver reliable performance under conditions that would destroy normal tablets.

"For nearly 20 years, Panasonic has engineered the most reliable mobile computing devices on the market," said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. "Because our customers know they can count on our products to deliver performance and return on investment, Panasonic – through its Toughbook brand – holds nearly 80 percent market share in the rugged mobile device space. We believe our engineering acumen, vertical market expertise and reputation for reliability, backed by our world-class service, will result in the Toughpad family being the leading B2B tablet solution in the coming years."

Panasonic hopes that the Toughpad will allow the company to grab 50 percent of the ruggedized tablet space by 2015.

The Windows 8 Toughpad will set you back $2,900 and will be available in March, while the smaller Android version has a $1,300 price tag and should hit shelves in February.

Full specs are as follows.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1:

  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3437U vPro™ 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
  • Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4' drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 10.1", sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer, 800nit, WUXGA (1920x1200)
  • Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 10.6" x 7.4" x 0.75"
  • Weight: 2.43lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G
  • I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0, wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.

Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1:

  • Operating System: Android 4.0
  • Processor: TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual core
  • Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, micro SDHC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 5' drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 7", daylight viewable, 500nit, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Camera: Front: 1.3Mp fixed focus, Rear: 13.0Mp auto focus w/ LED light
  • Battery: 8.0 hours - Large 5,720mAh battery (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 8.7"x 5.1" x 0.7"
  • Weight: 1.2lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE + 3G
  • I/O: Micro USB

Image source: Panasonic.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Windows 8

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  • nice...

    nice but pricey. I'd like to see more info on how easy the screens can crack.
    doh123
  • $1,300 for the android !

    Come on Panasonic it's still A-9 cores that were in the Playbook, are you having a laugh ?
    There are plenty of after market super strength cases out there, for example the G-Form Extreme for the iPad which they threw out of a plane and it still worked and only costs about $50-60.
    Alan Smithie
    • This is for people

      who don't want to be limited by an iPad. For the best iPad on the market, it will set you back $1000 anyways. Why not spend another $300.00 for the advantages of Android. If the Windows 8 tablet dropped to $1500.00 then I can see it being very attractive. But 3 grand is WAYYY too much.
      harley22x
    • Yes it's expencive...

      But I think the price is not wrong... I don't exactly know what the MIL standard stands for, but I do know what IP65 stands for, and I think that achieving that with a tablet is... well, for most people useless, but for some people who need to use a computer in pouring rain, a very usefull spec!
      ToonMoerman
  • hmm.

    That's expensive enough that you can just use a Neus 7 and if it breaks buy a new one.
    brother451
    • You can afford

      to replace the Nexus 7 about 4- 5 times for that price.
      harley22x
  • You could replace

    an awesome Asus Transformer Book TX300 Windows 8 Tablet once and still be cheaper than that Windows 8 tablet. People will pay a fraction more for durability, not over 2x .
    harley22x
  • Will There Be A "ToughPhone"?

    Or maybe that should be a "ToughCall"...
    ldo17
  • buy replacements from where?

    many of these units are designed to live in VERY harsh places - yes you could replace a std device multiple times for the same price, but but what if the nearest shop it 30 miles by boat, and they still have to order it on for you? or if you're in the moddel of jungle? these are specialist market devices... i just recently replaced a client's XP Toughbook that had lived on the same bench, in the same wooden beach hut, for the last 7 years, with a damp offshore breeze coming in everyday (not to mention wet and sandy operators), in the middle of a hurricane zone (and it would be left on the bench in the hut at night).
    amob23