At CES 2016, Panasonic has launched a new semi-rugged tablet with Windows. Called the Panasonic ToughPad FZ-Q1, it comes in two versions priced at $ 999 and $ 1699. It is designed for industrial, outdoor and in those environments where a typical laptop would not survive. Such rugged tablets are not cheap and common because they have technical and physical characteristics almost impossible to find.
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-Q1 specifications 12.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel, 350 nits) display, up to 9 hours of battery life, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microSDXC card reader. It runs Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Pro operating system and comes with built in 4G / LTE radio with GPS and SmartCard Reader. The entry-level Panasonic ToughPad FZ-Q1 model features an Intel Celeron N2807 (Bay Trail) processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC memory. If you want 128GB solid state disk instead of slow eMMC, you will have to go for the premium version "Performance Model" which costs $ 1,699. This has a Core i5-4302Y vPro (Haswell) processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of SSD space.
All models come equipped with a USB 3.0 port, micro SD card slot, 2-megapixel front camera for video chat and 8-megapixel rear camera. Unlike other consumer tablet, ToughPad FZ-Q1 is powered by a replaceable battery, 3-year warranty. Measuring about 340 x 221 x 20 mm, Panasonic ToughPad FZ-Q1 weighs about 1kg.
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-Q1 has a frame made of aluminum alloy and magnesium - with shock-absorbing coating which is resistant to falls, shocks, water and dust. You also get fanless design and a capacitive touchscreen display that then can be used even with gloves on. It features include a built-in stylus and a backlit keyboard option. All these technical characteristics make the ToughPad Panasonic FZ-Q1 a special tablet.