Panasonic announced the Toughpad FZ-M1, a new (smaller) addition to its lineup of rugged business tablets, at CES 2014 today.
The 7-inch tablet will be one of the thinnest and lightest ruggedized tablets, at just 0.7 inches thick and 1.2 pounds. It will house a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, run Windows 8.1 Pro, and meet IP65 standards for rain and dust thanks to its fanless design.
The base model Toughpad FZ-M1 will include 128GB of storage with 8GB of RAM, with a 256GB SSD option to be available as well.
The 10-point multi-touch 7-inch display boasts a 1280×800 resolution, an anti-reflective coating for outdoor settings, and users will be able to navigate the touchscreen even with thick industrial gloves.
The battery life is advertised as lasting up to 8 hours and will fully charge in two and a half hours.
There will be a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera on the Toughpad FZ-M1 with auto focus and LED flash as well as a 720p front facing camera with microphone.
Businesses will have the option to configure the device to include features including GPS, Barcode reader, Ethernet, NFC, SmartCard reader, RFID, and a Magnetic Stripe reader. It will also boast 4G LTE wireless broadband connectivity, and IT administrators will be able to choose any 4G LTE carrier for each tablet.
The Toughpad FZ-M1 with Intel Core i5 vPro processor will be available starting in spring of 2014 retaililng at $2,100.