Panasonic unveils Toughpad FZ -G1 & JT -B1

Butterfingers? Slip your tablet frequently? Panasonic has launched the Toughpad FZ -G1 that can be thrown or dropped without fear of smashing it.


The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 has the Windows 8 Pro operating system sporting a 10 inch screen that packs 1,920 x 1,200 mp display. The toughpad is powered by a 1.9GHz Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3437U processor, with 128 GB SSD (upgradeable up to 256 GB), and up to 8GB of RAM.

Connectivity options include USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and optional Verizon LTE or 3G. The system is powered by a battery offering 8-hours of life.

A the 7-inch version of the toughpad, JT-B1 is also available, but runs on Android 4.0. Its other features include 1,024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4660, 16GB storage and 1GB RAM, built-in microSD slot, 13-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel cameras and a 5,720mAh battery with up to 8 hours of life.

Both the toughpads have been subjected to the MIL-STD-810G test for 4-foot drops, fluid ingress and temperature, which they have successfully passed. Which means, both toughpads sport a rugged look and are expected to be water-proof and have daylight viewable screens. The FZ-G1 can even use a stylus with third-party apps.

The toughpad will first come in the American markets at prices – the Toughpad FZ-G1 at $2,899 will be available in March, and the Toughpad JT-B1 at $1,199 will be available in February. With the launch of the FZ -G1 and  the JT -B1, Panasonic hopes the company will grab 50 percent of the ruggedized tablet space by 2015.

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