Panasonic Intros Toughest Tablet Yet

Panasonic is working to carve out its own tablet niche by following its rugged PC path to success. The tech giant has introduced the latest member of its Toughpad line of enterprise-grade tablets at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Panasonic is billing the Toughpad FZ-M1 as the thinnest and lightest rugged seven-inch fanless tablet on the market. The machine carries a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor and runs Windows 8.1 Pro. The tablet is tested to meet MIL-STD-810G specifications for drops (up to 5 feet), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures.

"Most tablets on the market today are designed to be 'good enough' to meet most users' needs,EU said Rance Poehler, president, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. EUBut 'good enough' won't cut it for a large portion of the mobile workforce, who need tools they can depend on in challenging conditions to get the job done without compromise.EU

Enterprise Level

Panasonic is aiming at the enterprise and government market with the Toughpad FZ-M1. The tablet, which weighs 1.2 pounds, offers a broad range of configuration options and can be customized to meet the unique needs of highly mobile professionals in various markets such as field services and sales, retail, supply chain and logistics, and government.

"The Toughpad FZ-M1 is built for those workers,EU Poehler said. EUIts highly portable and compact size, power, connectivity and configuration options, and sheer toughness make it the ideal tablet to connect mission-critical workers of all types with the data they need to do their jobs at any time."

The Toughpad FZ-M1 is designed to improve productivity and efficiency in a host of professional scenarios, including customer service, inventory management and asset tracking, maintenance, eForms, route delivery, eCitations, electronic medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and geographic information system (GIS).

A Strong Option

The Toughpad FZ-M1's...

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