Panasonic announces Toughbook Windows 8 tablet

Panasonic has already made waves this week when it showed off a prototype 20 inch Windows 8 tablet on stage at its CES 2013 press conference but that's not all the Windows 8 related news from the company. Panasonic has also revealed it will launch a Toughbook-based rugged Windows 8 tablet as well.

The FZ-G1 is the latest in the Toughbook lineup that are made to take a lot of abuse and are sold primarily to businesses and the military. This 10 inch 2.43 pound Windows 8 tablet is supposed to survive a four foot drop and is dust and water resistant. How water resistant? Microsoft posted up a Twitter image of the Toughbook tablet getting drenched on stage at CES:

It is also designed to have a touchscreen that can be viewed with little issue in daylight and comes with a stylus for more precise application use. Inside there's an Intel Core i5-3437U vPro processor and you can put in either a 128 or 256 GB SSD for storage. There's also support for up to 8 GB of RAM. Battery life is about eight hours and the battery is designed to be replaced by the owner.

The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-G1 tablet is due out in March but it will likely be well out of the price range of most of you reading this; it will have a starting price of a whopping $2,900.

Source: Panasonic | Image via Panasonic

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These are military grade tablets... its built to operate in every environment - from intense heat and sunlight, to pouring rain and freezing temperatures.

Try that with an iPad or regular Android/W8 tablet.

Also, the Toughpad FZ-A1 offers government/military grade FIPS 140-2 compliance for high-level encryption and protection.

Sadly FIPS 140-2 sadly is getting a wee bit out of date. I wish they'd update it a little more frequently than they do today. There are newer and better encryption standards on Windows 7 and 8 that are disabled by FIPS 140-2 enforcement.

MidTxWRX said,
These are military grade tablets...

The expression "military grade" is so overused these days it doesn't have a meaning anymore.

Military grade this. Military grade that. You even have military grade phone cases these days.

Gorilla military grade titanium plate reinforced with trillium alloy.

LaP said,

The expression "military grade" is so overused these days it doesn't have a meaning anymore.

Military grade this. Military grade that. You even have military grade phone cases these days.

Gorilla military grade titanium plate reinforced with trillium alloy.

Well when Panasonic says military grade they mean it. There's a reason Toughbooks are being used by the military and contractors in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dell XFR's can't even touch Toughbooks in that arena.

LaP said,

The expression "military grade" is so overused these days it doesn't have a meaning anymore.

Military grade this. Military grade that. You even have military grade phone cases these days.

Gorilla military grade titanium plate reinforced with trillium alloy.


Erm these thoughbooks are used by military forces, special ops and the like. Researches in dangerous/extreme environments.
And military grade encryption is just a level of encryption, i.e. basically unhackable for now and some while to come.(at least the products expected lifespan)

You can use the Though line of Panasonic to be a bullet proof vest, drop it out of a (flying) plane, you name it. Those things can handle it.
These arent your typical devices.

bigmehdi said,
At this price, it should run Crysis.

I think that the average owner of this device does not need to play Crysis, as he lives it. :-)

bigmehdi said,
At this price, it should run Crysis.

Actually, it can run Crysis, and Crysis 2 as well holding at least 30fps on high settings.

However, businesses and the customers that buy these for in field use would GLADLY pay this type of price, rather than 1/2 the price and have a unit that requires extra care in handling or the additional costs of replacing the units.

Simple math.