Panasonic Uncloaks 2 Rugged and Beastly Windows 8, Android Tablets

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Panasonic debuted two new Toughpads at the ongoing CES in Las Vegas this week, keeping its tradition of providing mobile computing machines that are able to withstand all forms of abuse and neglects.

Continuing the reputation of its previous Panasonic device siblings, the 10-inch FZ-G1 and the 7-inch JT-B1 are both designed to absorb shock impacts and survive accidental or intentional dips water, making these new tablets the beasts among the pack of slates trying to get consumers' attention.

The larger FZ-G1 is powered by Windows 8 Pro and underneath its rugged shell is a 1.9GHz Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3437U vPro CPU that is set to work with a maximum 8GB of RAM, depending on the configuration that buyers would want to pick up.

This monster slate is packed with a generous internal storage of 128GB SSD, which Panasonic said can be complemented in two ways. Consumers can opt to upgrade on the 256GB SSD or simply fill in the memory expansion slot with a microSD card.

Verizon is scheduled to distribute the FZ-G1 on March 2013, indicating that the behemoth tablet will deliver 3G and LTE cellular access to its future owners plus a host of other connectivity options such as USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.

This durable brick, however, will not come cheap as Panasonic plans to retail the Windows tablet for $US2900.

The JT-B1, on the other hand, will hit the stores in February and will be served with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich flavour, Panasonic said on its press release. Tag price is a bit in-the-sky too at $US1300, again because the slate is intended to last 'forever'.

For giving up that cash, buyers would get a durable Android tablet that is also a roaring and portable machine. This 7-inch Panasonic gadget will draw its power from a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4660, paired with 1GB of RAM for a brute but smooth operation.

Screen size is decent enough at WSVGA 1024 x 600, serving as the viewing window for the JT-B1's 13MP rear camera shooter and 1.3MP front camera. Maximum storage capacity, according to Panasonic, is 16GB but provisions are deployed for a microSD expansion.

These latest offering, the company said, will come with full ecosystem support that includes "an enterprise-focused app store and developer tools."

"Panasonic will offer a full set of professional-grade accessories to support the Toughpad line, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards, magnetic stripe readers, smart card readers and multi-unit storage and charging solutions," the Japanese firm added, assuring that Toughpad owners will relish a full device experience by choosing Panasonic.

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