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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 rugged tablet coming to the United States

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 rugged tablet with Windows 8.1 and various Intel processors
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 Windows 8.1 tablet
This rugged 7 inch Windows tablet launches in the United States starting at $1,299 USD when equipped with an Intel Celeron N2807 Bay trail processor, 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage.

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Panasonic introduced the Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet back in January and now it has just been confirmed that this rugged 7-inch tablet will finally go on sale in the United States later this month. A rather expensive device, the FZ-M1 is not a device for the average consumer as it aims mainly at professionals who need to use it in the field where the tablet may get wet, dusty, or suffer drops and vibrations.

The base version of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 has the following specs and features:

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N2807
  • Memory/Storage: 4 GB RAM; 64 GB eMMC internal storage (128 GB and 256 GB SSD options available)
  • Display: 7-inch anti-reflective WXGA (1,280X800 pixels) with strengthened glass and "extreme viewing angles," 10-point capacitive multi-touch
  • Cameras: 720p front, 5 MP back with autofocus and LED light
  • Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC7260 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 3.0, micro SDXC card slot
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit
  • Weight/Thickness: 1.2 pounds; 0.71-inch 
  • Durability standards: MIL-STD-810G-compliant for protection from drops, shock, vibration, humidity, altitude and extreme temperatures, as well as IP65 fully sealed fanless design
  • Autonomy: 8 hours with standard battery, built-in bridge battery and double capacity battery available

This tablet "is backed by the industry's most comprehensive 3-year warranty and U.S.-based customer support" and starts at $1,299 USD for the base configuration mentioned above. A Toughpad model with 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor and increased memory and storage can be already purchased for $2,099 USD, while the Intel Celeron-powered FZ-M1 will be available later this month.

For more information, please check the press release below.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-06-11 (Update: 2014-06-11)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.