Panasonic releases new enterprise grade tablets

If your work demands tablet computing tasks in inclement weather and rugged outdoor environments exposed to extreme temperatures then one of the new line of Tougpad enterprise-grade tablets from Panasonic Corp. may just be the device for you.

The Japan-based electronics firm introduced at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Friday the Toughpad FZ-G1, a 10-inch tablet that runs of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Pro and the Toughpad JT-B1, a seven-inch tablet powered by the Android 4.0 operating system.

The FZ-G1 will be available late Spring while the JT-B1 will ship in March.
The Panasonic FZ-G1

Canadian prices for the devices will be released in the next few weeks according to Panasonic Canada, but a check with its United States counterpart said that south of the border the FZ-G1 starts at US$2899 and the JT-B1 starts at $1199.


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The 10-inch device comes with a third generation Intel Core i5 processor, is available with 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM and can be had with 128 GB to 256 GB of SSD storage plus an optional micro SDXC card slot. Its non-glare screen can be viewed in sunlight and the 2.43-lb device can survive drops of up to four feet. The tablet can operate in temperatures of -10 degree Celsius up to 50 degrees Celsius.  Its user-replaceable battery is good for up to eight hours of use.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability, optional 4G, LTE or 3G capability, dedicated GPS and USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports complete the package.

The Panasonic JT-B1

The smaller JT-B1 is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and has 16 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM and a micro SDHC card. It also has a 1.3 megapixel fixed focus front camera and a rear facing camera. The seven-inch screen can be viewed in daylight  and battery lasts up to eight hours.This lighter 1.21-lb unit can survive drops of up to five feet high as well as temperatures between -10 degrees Celsius and 50 degrees Celsius. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability and optional 4G, LTE or 3G capability.


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