Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
Panasonic introduced yet another version of its Toughpad ruggedized tablet series with the FZ-M1, a 7-inch device running Windows 8.1 Pro that Panasonic claims is the thinnest (0.71 inches thick) and lightest (1.2 pounds) ruggedized Windows tablet. The new Toughpad runs on Intel's fourth-generation Core i5 vPro processor and comes with 8 GB of memory and up to 256 GB of SSD storage with an optional microSD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage. The 7-inch HD display boasts a resolution of 1,280 x 800. The ruggedized case offers the usual Toughpad protection from 5-foot drops, electrical shocks, vibrations and extreme temperatures. The device also offers a user-replaceable battery plus an optional high-capacity battery for twice the power (16 hours) and an optional "bridge battery" that allows users to swap batteries without having to turn off the device. The Toughpad FZ-M1 will arrive in early spring starting at $2,099.