updated 12:53 pm EDT, Tue April 1, 2014
Full Windows tablet still fanless, starts at $1,230
Panasonic today announced a "value version" of its seven-inch, fanless, ruggedized full-Windows tablet, the Toughpad FZ-M1. The device uses the Celeron N2807 processor and a 1280x800 touchscreen, and is tailored for companies replacing "aging business PDAs" according to Panasonic. The Toughpad FZ-M1 Value tablet comes with 2GB RAM (4GB optional) and 128GB SSD and is equipped with the Windows 8.1 operating system.
It weighs 540g and is 18mm at its thickest point. Configurable integrated options include 4G mobile broadband, GPS and vehicle pass-through antenna. The integrated business expansion module options include True Serial, LAN, NFC, Smartcard Reader, 1D/2D Barcode Reader, UHF RFID and battery hot-swap capabilities.
Standard, the Toughpad FZ-M1 includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, Micro SD, and headset ports. The FZ-M1 value version will ship in June, for an estimated retail price of £739 ($1,230).