Panasonic unveils new fully-rugged Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet
Panasonic has unveiled the latest member of its Toughpad family of rugged, enterprise-grade tablets, the Toughpad FZ-M1. With claims of being the ‘thinnest and lightest’ rugged 7-inch fanless tablet with a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor available, the Toughpad FZ-M1 runs on Windows 8.1 Pro and is targeted at enterprise and government customers.
The tablet has a user-replaceable battery that delivers eight hours of uninterrupted work, with quick-charging technology that reaches 100% capacity in just two and a half hours. An optional high capacity battery delivers 16 hours of power, and an optional bridge battery enables users to switch out batteries without powering down the device, providing for virtually unlimited use.
At 1.2 lbs., and only 0.7 inches thin for the standard configuration, the Toughpad FZ-M1 has a fully-rugged design that has been tested to meet MIL-STD-810G specifications for drops (up to five feet), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. The tablet has also been submitted for ANSI 12.12.1 certification (Class1, Div2) for use in incendiary environments.
Other features include a 7-inch, 500 nit, daylight-readable WXGA display with an anti-reflective screen treatment, making it ideal for outdoor use. Its high-sensitivity capacitive, 10-point multi-touch screen can even be used with thick industrial-type gloves. An optional stylus is available for signature capture and similar applications.
Configuration options include dedicated GPS, Barcode reader, Ethernet or serial port; and a choice of near field communications (NFC), SmartCard reader, UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID) (up to 10 feet range), or Magnetic Stripe reader. Additionally, the Toughpad FZ-M1 is the first rugged 7-inch tablet on the market offering 4G LTE multi-carrier embedded wireless broadband connectivity, enabling IT administrators to switch carriers via software to select the best 4G LTE carrier for their workers for any geographic area.