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Its A Toughie! Panasonic Ultra Tabs Hit Windows 8

By Oonagh Reidy | Wednesday | 10/04/2013

Panasonic's new toughies - tablet and Ultrabook run Windows 8 - and wont go down without a fight.

Panasonic's new Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet tab is the industry's thinnest, lightest rugged-model, and also claims to have the lighest ever business rugged-Convertible Ultrabook, which transforms into a tablet in a mere second.

Both devices are light and can withstand hard knocks on the move better than the iPads and their alternatives.

The 10.1-inch toughpad tablet sunlight viewable touchscreen features next gen IPS outdoor display technology, WUXGA 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and an Intel Core i5-3537U 1.9GHz vPro processor.

The tab weighs 1.1kg, boasts military standard specifications, IP65 certification, dust and water resistance, and is able to withstand drops to 1.2 metres, is perfect for sectors such as FMCG, defence, utilities, mining and healthcare.

Panasonic, not known for its tablets in consumer space expects both devices to be popular among businesses with mobile workers requiring a Windows OS, says Jason Lee, Product Marketing Manager, Toughbook.

"With the introduction of Windows 8 tablets, the productivity of mobile work forces can now be taken to the next level."

Additionally, the FZ-G1 battery has a healthy eight hours of run time per charge. But the FZ-G1 isn't cheap and costs $3299.

An Ultra Toughie

Pana's Toughbook Ultrabook weighs just slightly more than the tab at 1.15kg, 18mm thick, and has a 360 degree flip-over hinge which allows it to be a touch-screen tablet or an Ultrabook.

Specs wise, it has 11.6 inch capacitive HD (16:9) display with anti-glare film, Intel Core i5-3427U Ultra Low Voltage CPU (1.8 GHz), as well as ports: VGA, HDMI to hook up other devices or projectors, 2X USB 3.0 and LAN, as well as a full sized SD-XC card slot.

The tab's 10 finger capacitive touchscreen is handy for inputting data on the go and the Ultrabook keyboard will suit those who need traditional PC functions.

The Toughbook Ultrabook, which starts from $2499 suits a mobile sales force and execs who need a lightweight work mate, says its maker.

The CF-AX2 Toughbook has hot swappable batteries with "up to" 8 hours battery life to lessen downtime when travelling to meetings.

Storage wise, it has massive memory capability with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD.

On the tough end of things the Panasonic Toughbook is able to withstand drops of up to 76 cm and 100kgs pressure on the screen without damage, meaning it won't go down without a fight.

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