Panasonic has announced the launch of second generation Toughpad tablet at the CES 2014 in Las Vegas, named as Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1. It is said to be world’s first fully-rugged 7-inch Windows Tablet. It comes in two versions – one with the Intel CoreTM i5 vProTM processor and the other with the Intel Celeron processor. Targeted at the enterprise segment, the Toughpad FZ-M1 is also claimed to be world’s lightest and thinnest ‘pocketable’ tablet, weighing approximately 540g (1.2 lbs).
This latest Toughpad series tablet features a 7-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen display (1280Ã—800 pixel) and runs on Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. The device has 4 GB RAM, which can be extended up to 8 GB. The tablet has a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and a 2 megapixel autofocus webcam for video calling.
On the connectivity front, the device has Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, optional 3G/4G LTE, USB 3.0 port, optional Smart Card Reader, optional Barcode Reader, optional NFC, Magnetic Stripe Reader and optional Serial Port. It has a Li-ion 3220mAh battery that claims to provide up to 8 hours of battery life. The Toughpad FZ-M1 measures 203 mm x 132 mm x 18 mm and weighs 540 g (1.2 lbs).
There is no information about its price or availability yet.