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MWC 2018 | The ToughPad FZ-M1 is a rugged outdoor tablet from Panasonic with an integrated FLIR thermal camera

The Panasonic ToughPad FZ-M1 has an integrated FLIR thermal camera to simplify field assessments. (Source: Panasonic)
The Panasonic ToughPad FZ-M1 has an integrated FLIR thermal camera to simplify field assessments. (Source: Panasonic)
Start computing in the rain with Panasonics new ToughPad FZ-M1 ruggedised Windows 10 Pro tablet. As is common with ruggedised devices, it is equipped with an older generation SoC — Intel 6th generation in this case. The integrated FLIR thermal imaging camera indicates the type of use that Panasonic is targeting.

Panasonic has added a new ruggedized tablet to the ToughPad lineup. The FZ-M1 is a relatively compact 7-inch (1280 x 800) tablet running Windows 10 Pro and a dual-core/four-thread Intel 6th generation processor. There is a ‘value option’ which includes an Atom processor, but this isn’t showing in the spec sheets or on the website, only in the press material.

The headlining feature is the integrated FLIR thermal imaging camera which has a thermal resolution of 160 x 120 pixels and can measure temperatures between -20 and +400 Celsius ( -4 to 752 Fahrenheit). The FZ-M1 is intended for the assessment and capture of thermal imaging data in areas such as utilities and cool chain.

As a ruggedized device, it is rated IP65 (dust tight, water jets) and can withstand drops from 180cm (71 inches). Battery life is reported at 8 hours and is user swappable for extended use on the go.

The MSRP for the ToughPad FZ-M1 Core M5 6Y57, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD starts at US$2749, with availability from the end of February.

Panasonic FZ-M1 thermal image. (Source: NotebookCheck)
Panasonic FZ-M1 thermal image. (Source: NotebookCheck)
Panasonic FZ-M1 rear. (Source: NotebookCheck)
Panasonic FZ-M1 rear. (Source: NotebookCheck)
Panasonic FZ-M1 specs 1. (Source: Panasonic)
Panasonic FZ-M1 specs 1. (Source: Panasonic)
Panasonic FZ-M1 specs 2. (Source: Panasonic)
Panasonic FZ-M1 specs 2. (Source: Panasonic)
Panasonic FZ-M1 specs 3. (Source: Panasonic)
Panasonic FZ-M1 specs 3. (Source: Panasonic)
 

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Craig Ward, 2018-02-28 (Update: 2018-02-28)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.