Panasonic has announced an Android-powered tablet and one running on Windows 8 during CES 2013.
The Windows 8 Pro version is named the 10.1-inch Toughpad FZ-G1. Weighing 1.1kg, the device sports two-way touch input with a capacitive 10 finger touchscreen and digitiser pen.
As well as strengthened glass, the full HD Windows 8 tablet houses IPSα Panel technology, extra wide viewing angles, a high contrast ratio and 800cd/m2 high brightness with an anti-reflection layer.
Other features consist of a front-facing web camera and a rear camera, as well as customisable application keys, flexible configuration ports and an optional dual external antenna connector. It's powered by an Intel Core i5-3437U vProTM 3MB cache clocking in at 1.9GHz (up to 2.9GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology) and 4 GB of RAM. Also included is a 128 GB SSD, which can be expanded to 256 GB.
The 7-inch Android tablet, meanwhile, is dubbed the JT-B1. Powered by a Ti OMAP 4460 1.5GHz dual core ARM processor, it houses Bluetooth, 3G, wireless LAD and near field communications support, joined by 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB Flash storage.
Weighing 544g and delivering four finger touch, a high visibility and low reflection display sports an an ambient light sensor. The tablet will also launch with a front-facing 1.3-megapixel web camera and a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED light.
The Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March for $2,899, while the 7-inch Toughpad TJ-B1 will launch during February for $1,199.
It's a nice tool for many technicians working in bad conditions (the construction sector comes to my mind).
Tell me, what's more cost-efficient: buying $500 tablets that have to be replaced every few months, or buying $1000-$3000 tablets that will last a couple years?
seems like a $500 tablet inside of a $100 Lifeproof case would be better than a $2800 upfront cost. And if a Lifeproof case isn't quite durable enough, it seems that there is an oppertunity to make a case that caters to such a niche market. I think the $2000 extra you pay to be able to drop it is quite excessive.
500$ coz simply nowadays the life span of a tablet is hardly 1 year ... people bought tablets with 2 cores , 512M ram , no digitizer .. a year later ... it is 4 cores , 2g ram , digitizer , full hd and even better battery and thinner.
I never buy any ANY PC today with more than 2 years maximum in mind for replacement.
and for not destroying it? buy a good Case. and it wont be 2000$ case lol ...
True , it is all rubber and plastic case after all .... 2000$ for that? there is even no R&D costs here
for the design 500$ max more IMO...