Panasonic Australia to introduce the Toughpad FZ-M1 fully-rugged 7” tablet with Windows 8.1 Pro

Industry-leading thin and lightweight device provides power, flexibility and durability for maximum mobile workforce productivity

8th Jan 2014

Toughpad FZ-M1Panasonic Australia has announced it will launch an innovative 7” rugged tablet in April 2014, following the product’s unveiling at the 2014 International CES trade show in the US this week.

The Toughpad FZ-M1 is the thinnest* and lightest* rugged 7” fanless tablet with a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor available today. Running Windows 8.1 Pro, the Toughpad FZ-M1 can be easily incorporated into enterprise and government environments.

The latest member of the Toughpad™ family of rugged, enterprise-grade tablets, the Toughpad FZ-M1 has a broad range of configuration options available. It can be customised 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.

Jason Lee, Product Marketing Manager, Toughbook, Panasonic Australia, said: “The FZ-M1 tablet is unique in that it offers all the functionality of a computer without any compromises. It has the capability to run any organisation’s existing Windows software in a completely rugged, customisable and mobile form factor.

The unique functionality of the FZ-M1 opens it up to a much broader range of business uses and applications, which we anticipate will lead to a significant growth in our already extensive customer base of organisations utilising Panasonic Toughbook technology. Our Toughpads have proven to be extremely successful, and this latest offering will be the fourth tablet in the range and the second one to run Windows.”

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 (GIS).

Unlike many consumer tablets and other competitive products, the Toughpad FZ-M1 is built for easy integration into existing IT infrastructures and for smooth deployments and ongoing support. The device also delivers organisations with better and longer life cycle management, which means a lower total cost of ownership, saving time and resources.

Toughpad FZ-M1

Enterprise-class Performance

The Toughpad FZ-M1 is powered by the new 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor, providing enterprise-class performance on the go with unique hardware-enhanced security features, remote manageability, and capabilities designed to increase end user productivity and data protection. An Intel® Celeron processor model will also be available for cost-sensitive applications.

Its user-replaceable battery delivers 8 hours of uninterrupted work, with quick-charging technology that reaches 100% capacity in just two and a half hours. An optional high capacity battery delivers 16 hours of power, and an optional bridge battery enables users to switch out batteries without powering down the device, providing for virtually unlimited use.

Thin, Light & Rugged

At 540g and only 18mm thin for the standard configuration, the Toughpad FZ-M1 is the world’s lightest* and thinnest* tablet in its class. Its fully-rugged design is tested to meet MIL-STD-810G specifications for drops (up to 1.5m), shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and extreme temperatures. The FZ-M1 is the first rugged 7” 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 tablet with a fanless design***, allowing it to easily 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 FZ-M1’s 7”, 500 nit, daylight-readable WXGA display features an anti-reflective screen treatment, making it ideal for outdoor use. Its high-sensitivity capacitive, 10-point multi-touch screen can even be used with thick industrial-type gloves. An optional stylus is available for signature capture and similar applications.

Highly Configurable

The Toughpad FZ-M1 offers a broad range of configuration options, allowing organisations to customise the ideal tool for their workforces. Configuration options include dedicated GPS, barcode reader, Ethernet or serial port; and a choice of near field communications (NFC), smart card reader, UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID) (up to 3m range), or magnetic stripe reader.

Additionally, the Toughpad FZ-M1 is the first rugged 7” tablet on the market offering 4G LTE multi-carrier embedded wireless broadband connectivity, enabling IT administrators to switch carriers via software to select the best 4G LTE carrier for their workers for any geographic area.

Toughpad FZ-M1: Key Features

  • High-Performance Processing Power: 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor, or an Intel® Celeron processor (available Q3 2014)
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Windows 7 Professional downgrade option available
  • Durability: MIL-STD-810G, 1.5m drop, IP65 fully sealed fanless design
  • Screen: 7” daylight-readable WXGA display (1280x800); high-sensitivity 10-point capacitive multi-touch input, with an optional stylus pen
  • Storage & Memory: 128GB SSD) with 4GB RAM (256GB SSD and 8GB RAM options available) (Intel® Core™ i5 vPro processor model)
  • Connectivity & I/O: Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC7260 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® v4.0 (Class 1), USB 3.0, micro SDXC card slot, docking connector, optional 4G LTE multi-carrier embedded wireless broadband. Other options include dedicated GPS, barcode reader, Ethernet, serial port, and choice of near field communications (NFC), smart card reader, UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader (up to 3m range), or magnetic stripe reader
  • Lightweight Portability: 540g, 18mm thin (standard configuration)
  • Battery: 8 hours per MobileMark® 2007 testing (user-replaceable); optional hot swap bridge battery and high capacity battery (16 hours) available
  • Camera: 720P HD built-in front camera with mic; 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED light
  • Security: Enterprise-class security features include encryption, IPsec VPN, trusted boot and root protection
  • Warranty: The Toughpad FZ-M1 is backed by the industry's most comprehensive three-year warranty

Following the announcement of the Toughpad FZ-M1 at CES, Panasonic Australia will be releasing it to the local market in April 2014 through authorised Panasonic Toughbook distributors and resellers. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date.

Panasonic has been an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996. For more information about the Panasonic Toughbook range, telephone Panasonic on 132 600 or visit


*World’s lightest and thinnest rugged 7-inch fanless tablet with a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor as of Jan. 6, 2014 (standard configuration)

***First rugged 7-inch 4th generation Intel® Core™ i tablet with a fanless design as of Jan. 6, 2014


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