Panasonic took the wraps off a new tablet that meshes Windows 8 with the "ruggedness" of its Toughpad brand.
Called the Toughpad G1, the new 10.1-inch device was touted by Panasonic as being the most durable Windows 8 tablet on the market today. It runs an Intel "Ivy Bridge" Core i5 processor and boasts an 8.5-hour replaceable battery, all of which is encased in a frame that's dust-proof, water-proof and, perhaps most importantly, drop-proof.
Panasonic said the Toughpad G1, like the rest of its Toughpad family, would be ideal for vertical markets like healthcare or field services, where device durability is a must. That said, that "ruggedness" will come at a cost: The G1 will sell for $2,899 when it launches this March.