Panasonic Launches Android And Windows 8-Based Toughpad Tablets

Tough tablets? Panasonic's got a couple of new ones to introduce at CES 2013. The Toughpad line of enterprise-grade tablets is gaining new models this week: the Toughpad FZ-G1 (a 10" tablet running Windows 8 Pro) and the Toughpad JT-B1 (a 7" Android-powered unit). Both of them follow the original 10" Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 which became broadly available late last year. Toughpad tablets are designed for mission-critical and highly mobile workers in fields such as the military, construction, healthcare, public safety, utilities, retail, maintenance, supply chain logistics and insurance. Perhaps not the best option for mainstream consumers, but those who need something who can take a beating should take notice.

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.