Panasonic Reveals Two New Toughpads for Enterprise

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Panasonic isn\’t just about fancy new TVs and smart home appliances at CES this year — it\’s also announced the two newest entries in its Toughpad line of rugged enterprise tablets.

First, the 10-inch Toughpad FZ-G1 will run Windows 8 Pro, and comes with an impressive array of specs: a 1.9GHz Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor, a 128 GB solid state drive (with the option to upgrade to a 256 GB SSD), up to 8GB of RAM, a 1920 x 1200 resolution display, an 8-hour replaceable battery, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional 4G LTE from Verizon, and more. Basically, it\’s a beast, like any good business-class tablet should be.

The 7-inch Toughpad JT-B1 isn\’t quite as powerful as its older sibling up there, but it still sounds respectable in its own right. That one will run Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich), and come with a TI OMAP4460 dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 1 gig of RAM, a 1024 x 600 display, 1.3-megapixel front-facing and 13-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and an eight hour replaceable battery.

Like many rugged tablets, both Toughpads meet the MIL-STD-810G military standard, which means that they\’re designed to withstand drops, water, bumps, extreme temperatures — just in case anyone feels like Web browsing in a volcano — and various other hazards. 

They\’re also mighty expensive, with the FZ-G1 priced at $2,899 and the JT-B1 at $1,199. The former will be available in March, while the latter comes a month earlier in February. That\’ll likely put them out of reach for most everyday consumers, but Panasonic isn\’t really targeting them with these tablets anyway. But for business users who frequently find themselves on the go — and have three grand to drop on some powerful new tech — the Toughpads sound like they might be worth a look.



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