If you’re a bit of a butterfingers, Panasonic might have a tablet for you with it’s Toughpad FZ-G1. Sometimes, even the most careful of us can let our best devices suffer that fateful fall. In today’s digital age, we tend share a collective gasp and wince when a beloved smartphone or tablet hits the ground and shatters the screen.
Panasonic is proud to announce their latest rugged Windows 8 tablet. This tablet has a dust- and water-resistant design that is durable enough to survive 4 foot drops. Even though it’s designed for mobile field workers, the Toughpad FZ-G1 is good for anyone who wants the thinnest and lightest 10.1 inch tablet running Windows 8 Pro 64-bit.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 is powered by a Third-generation Intel Core i5vPro processor and can have up to 8 GB of memory with a 256 GB solid state drive. The 10.1 inch HD daylight-readable screen, which has 10-point capacitive multi touch + digitizer, features anti-glare and anti-reflective treatments for easy outdoor use. The FZ-G1 offers USB 3.0, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, and a MicroSD card slot for added expansion. You’ll have your standard WiFi and Bluetooth, but can add the optional GPS, 4G LTE, or 3G Gobi too. The Panasonic tablet has 7 buttons, 2 of which are user-definable, and a stylus pen with an integrated holder.
The Toughpad FZ-G1 is a little heavier than other tablets, weighing in at 2.4 lbs. It seems to be a very fair trade, considering the MIL-STD-810G design, with durable magnesium alloy chassis encased in ABS, is only 0.8 inches thick. The elastomer corner guards reminds me of the type of digital device protection offered by the likes of Otterbox or Case-Mate. There is no pricing available as of yet, but it’s likely to be soon considering Panasonic intends the FZ-G1 to hit the market mid-March 2013. You can view the full specifications on the Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet on Panasonic.com