Panasonic has just announced two new tablets that will join the company’s Toughpad line. Unlike competitor tablets, Panasonic’s Toughpads were made to withstand a good amount of abuse. Panasonic unveiled the new Toughpads at the 2013 CES conference to the delight of many Panasonic fans. The two Toughpads introduced are stylish, powerful, and ready for almost anything.
Panasonic’s Windows 8 Pro Tablet
The Panasonic FG-Z1 has been built on a Windows 8 Pro platform. This tablet comes with plenty of appealing features and lots of extra power. Inside the FG-Z1 is a 1.9GHz Intel i5 processor, a 128GB SSD, up to 8GB of RAM, and an optional microSD slot. This tablet also comes with a 1,920 x 1,2000 pixel display and a 10-inch screen. As you can tell, this tablet is a force to be reckoned with. Panasonic has also given the FG-Z1 plenty of connectivity options.
This tablet comes with Bluetooth, WiFi, LAN (wired), and USB 3.0 and 2.0. Panasonic hasn’t spared any details when it comes to design either. The FG-Z1 is sleek but rugged, and has a really nicely designed surface. If Windows 8 Pro isn’t your thing, Panasonic’s other Toughpad is Android-based.
Panasonic’s Android Toughpad
The JT-B1 Toughpad isn’t a slouch either. This Toughpad includes a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and microSD cards. The 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 display is also a large enough to view most movies and websites with ease. This Toughpad also comes with a rear-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and a front-facing 13-megapixel camera.
The JT-B1 also has some appealing connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a LTE+3G optional chip. The JT-B1 comes with a display that’s just slightly different than its Windows 8 Pro brother, but Panasonic did a great job creating this display as well. Really, it’s hard not to want to get your hands on either one of these tablets. Add the fact that these tablets are rugged to the power, features, and connectivity options, and you have two tablets that will give competitor tablets a serious bit of competition. The only drawback to these tablets is that Panasonic hasn’t exactly been conservative when it comes to pricing.
Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic FG-Z1 will retail for $2,900 while the JT-B1 will come with a $1,300 price tag. Needless to say, these Toughpads won’t be for everyone, but they will serve people who need an extremely tough tablet well. Panasonic has told press that the FG-Z1 will hit store shelves in March, and the JT-B1 will be available in February. Presumably, most popular retailers will carry these tablets.
It’s hard to ignore the high price of Panasonic’s new Toughpads. Seemingly, Panasonic could reach a wider market seeking an indestructible tablet by lowering these tablet prices. But, the company is sticking with the high prices for now. Panasonic is aiming for army personnel, people who travel regularly, and those who work in extremely tough and stressful situations – though I’m betting a lot of parents around the globe would be happy to get their hands on a tablet that won’t break! What do you think of Panasonic’s new tablet prices? Too high?