Panasonic Launches Android And Windows 8-Based Toughpad Tablets
The FZ-G1 ships with a 3rd-generation Intel Core i5-3437U vPro processor (1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz), an SSD (128GB-256GB), between 4GB and 8GB of RAM, an optional micro-SDXC slot, a 10.1" sunlight-viewable touch panel (1920x1200), and a battery that can last up to 8 hours. It weighs 2.43lbs., and also offers Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G, USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet and GPS.
As for the JT-B1, that one ships with Android 4.0, a 1.5GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4460, 16GB of ROM, 1GB of RAM, a microSDHC slot, a 7" daylight-visible panel (1024x600), front-and-rear cameras, an 8-hour battery, and a frame that weighs 1.2lbs. Toughpad tablets are MIL-STD-810G tested for drops, fluid ingress and temperature, to assure they deliver reliable performance under circumstances that render typical tablets non-operational. Devices feature daylight viewable screens, user-replaceable or serviceable batteries, a stylus for signature capture and handwriting (on the FZ-G1 and FZ-A1 with 3rd party apps), and multiple options for peripheral connectivity.
The 10" Windows 8 Pro-based Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March starting at $2,899. The 7" Android-powered Toughpad JT-B1 will ship in February starting at $1,199. The 10" Android-powered Toughpad™ FZ-A1 is now shipping, starting at $1,299. Nope, not cheap, but again: these things can take a beating.