Ever felt like throwing Window 8 at the wall? Now you can.
Ever destroyed a new gadget by knocking it off a table, or found that a few drops of rain have turned a new toy into an expensive paperweight? Panasonic has just the tablet computer for you. Or rather, two of them.
Announced briefly at CES Las Vegas, and then presented in detail the next day in Munich, the two new ToughPad models are built to meet the MIL-STD-810 standard for ruggedised devices, which includes protection against moisture and dust as well as brute force.
One is an Android device. The new JT-B1 has a seven-inch 1024x600 pixel display with 500cd/m2 brightness, and runs the not-quite-up-to-date Android 4.0. It has a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, twin cameras, 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage.
The device is drop tested from 150cm in 26 directions, and operates in temperatures from -10 to 50 degrees centigrade. Panasonic claims that the removable battery will run it for eight hours.
The FZ-G1, on the other hand, runs Windows 8. Built around an Intel Core i5 Ultra Low Voltage i5-3437U processor running at up to 2.9GHz, with 4GB of memory and 128GB of storage as standard, and has USB3 and HDMI ports.
It uses a 1080P (1920x1200 pixel) IPS-alpha display with 4% reflection and 800cd/m2 brightness. The tablet case is built from magnesium alloy, and the whole unit weighs around 1.1kg. It can be operated by touch, with a ten-finger multitouch display, or using the built-in Wacom pen digitiser.
The tablet is drop-tested from 120cm in 26 directions, water tested by spraying it with 12.5 litres of water per minute, and can run in temperatures from -20 to 60 degrees centigrade. Panasonic quotes a battery life of up to 8 hours, thanks to a removable battery that makes up around half the device volume. A 17-hour extended battery is available as an option, alongside extra serial, USB, Ethernet, MicroSD and dedicated GPS modules. Memory can be upgraded to 8GB, and storage to 256GB.
The two join one existing Toughpad model, the 10.1 inch FZ-A1 Android tablet. Both will be available at the end of February.
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