Panasonic Introduces the Toughpad TM FZ-M1 Fully-Rugged 7’’ Windows 8.1 Pro Tablet
HC 21 Jan 2014
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At the press event held Artery Restaurant (16 Jan 2014), Panasonic also showcase the just launched TM FZ-M1 7″ Windows 8.1 Pro Tablet which was announced at 2014 international CES a week ago. This new tablet joins the Toughpad family with it’s toughness, flexibility and durability which will be demonstrated in the video that follows.


The FZ-M1 is powered by Intel Core i5 vPro processor and runs Windows 8.1 Pro. With Windows 8.1 Pro, it makes it easy to configure and integrate into the enterprise network which is basically Windows centric. FZ-M1 has multiple configuration options enabling it to be customized to meet the unique needs of highly mobile professionals in various markets such as field services and sales, retail, supply chain and logistics and government.


The Toughpad ™ FZ-M1 is designed to improve productivity and efficiency in a host of professional scenarios, including customer service, inventory management and asset tracking, maintenance, eForms, route delivery, eCitations, electronic medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and Geographic Information System.

Its user-replaceable battery delivers eight hours of uninterrupted work, with quick-charging technology that reaches 100% capacity in just two hours. An optional high capacity battery delivers 16 hours of power, and an optional hot swap bridge battery enables users to switch out batteries without powering down the device, providing for virtually unlimited use.

Thin, Light & Rugged At 1.3 lbs. and only 0.7” thin (Depending on options), the Toughpad TM FZ-M1 is the world’s lightest and thinnest* tablet in its class.  Its fully-rugged design is certified to meet MIL-STD-810G for drops (up to 5 feet), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. The Toughpad ™ FZ-M1 is the first 7-inch Intel® Core™ i tablet with a fanless design*, allowing it to meet IP65 standards for rain and dust. The tablet has also been submitted for ANSI 12.12.1 certification (Class1, Div2) for use in incendiary environments.


Display Designed For Mobile Workers The Toughpad TM FZ-M1’s 7’’, 500nit, sunlight readable WXGA display features anti-reflective and anti-glare screen treatments, making it ideal for outdoor use. Its high-sensitivity capacitive, 10-points multi-touch screen can even be used with thick industrial-type gloves.

Highly Configurable Like the rest of the Panasonic Toughpad TM line, the Toughpad TM FZ-M1 offers numerous configuration options allowing organizations to customize the ideal tool for their workforces. Configuration options for the Toughpad TM FZ-M1 include dedicated GPS; Ethernet or serial port; near field communications (NFC), SmartCard reader, barcode reader, UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID), or magnetic stripe reader and stylus.

On the next 2 pages are more pictures and a video of the drop test.


Toughpad TM FZ-M1: Key Features •High-Performance Processing Power: New Fourth generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor or an  Intel® Celeron™ processor model**

•Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Windows 7 Professional downgrade option available

•Durability: MIL-STD-810G, 5’ drop, IP65 fully sealed fanless design

•Screen: 7’’ daylight viewable WXGA display (1280×800); high-sensitivity 10-points capacitive multi-touch input

•Storage & Memory: 128GB SSD (256GB SSD option available) with 4 GB RAM (Intel® Core™ i5 vPro option) or up to 128GB eMMC with 2 GB RAM (Intel® Celeron™ processor option)

•Connectivity & I/O: Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1), USB 3.0, micro SDXC card slot, docking connector. Other options include dedicated GPS; Ethernet or serial port; near field communications (NFC), SmartCard, barcode, UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID), or magnetic stripe reader

•Lightweight Portability: 540g., 0.7” thin (Depending on options)

•Battery: 8 hours per MobileMark® 2007 testing (user-replaceable); optional hot swap bridge battery and  high capacity battery (16 hours) available

•Camera: 720P built-in front camera with microphone; 5MP rear camera with auto focus and LED light (8MP option available)

•Security: Enterprise-class security features include encryption, IPsec VPN, trusted boot, root protection and mobile device management (MDM) tool compatibility

•Warranty: The Toughpad TM FZ-M1 is backed by the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty

As with other Toughpad ™ models, Panasonic will offer a full set of enterprise-grade accessories to support the Toughpad ™ FZ-M1, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards and multi-unit storage and charging solutions.

Pricing and Availability The Toughpad TM FZ-M1 will be available in Singapore in March 2014 All Toughpad ™ tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers. For further information, please visit

All products in the Toughpad TM family come standard with the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty.

*World’s lightest and thinnest fully rugged 7-inch tablet as of January, 2014

*First 7-inch Intel® Core™ i tablet with a fanless design as of January, 2014

By Harry