Panasonic has launched a new rugged tablet called the Toughpad FZ-M1. The Toughpad FZ-M1 is a Windows-powered tablet that has a 7-inch display and is 0.7 inches thick. It weighs around 1.2 pounds. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 has an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor and hits up to 8 hours of battery life.
Panasonic is also offering an optional high capacity battery with support for up to 16 hours of run time. Panasonic is going to launch a cheaper model with an Intel Atom Bay processor later this summer. Both versions of the tablets will be available with Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional. The Toughpad FZ-M1 has a 500 nit display, which makes it easier to read outdoors.
The Toughpad FZ-M1 has a stylus, SmartCard reader, barcode reader, GPS, RFID, Ethernet, and serial ports. The Toughpad FZ-M1 also has a 1280×800 pixel display, 8GB of RAM, 256 SSD, USB 3.0 port, WiFi, Bluetooth, SDXC card reader, and 4G LTE. The Toughpad FZ-M1 is going to launch this spring for $2,099 and up.