Panasonic's Toughpad FZ-M1 goes on sale in Australia in April

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Panasonic's Toughpad FZ-M1 goes on sale in Australia in April

It's not often you come across a tablet you can use with "thick industrial-type gloves", but apparently it's possible with this one.

It's been announced this week that Panasonic's Toughpad FZ-M1 will go on sale in Australia in April this year.
 
While we don't know yet how much the tablet will cost, it's an interesting computer for a few reasons.
First, we're used to seeing "tough" tablets like these that run Android, but this one has Windows.
 
No doubt the Toughpad will be pricey - we've seen a previous model cost $1,499 - but the key here is you're getting a much better processor than you'll find in many cheap tablets. Here it's a 4th generation Intel Core i5 chip, making it much more useful if you're wanting to run certain inventory software and the like.
 
 
Another selling point is the weight: this Toughpad weighs 540g which is heavier than the iPad Air (469g for the lightest model), but that is still an impressive weigh considering the level of processing power in the Toughpad.
 
So who would use the Toughpad? Potential uses suggested by Panasonic include maintenance,  customer service, inventory management and asset tracking, route delivery, electronic medical records, inspections and mobile point-of-sales.
 
The screen isn't the largest you'll find - it's a 7inch screen, compared to 9.7inch for the iPad Air.
The battery can be replaced though, and Panasonic claims it's possible to get 8 hours of "uninterrupted work" done (though the actual battery life you get is likely to differ).
 
Interestingly, Panasonic claims the Toughpad can be used with "thick industrial-type gloves".
 
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