Panasonic announces 7-inch Toughpad tablet at CES

Panasonic takes the wraps off the newest addition to its line of rugged tablets at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Watch this: Panasonic shows 7-inch rugged tablet

Panasonic announced on Monday a new addition to its Toughpad line up of rugged tablets.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company introduced the new 7-inch Toughpad FZ-M1, a thin, rugged tablet. It runs Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro and will come with a high-end Intel processor. It meets all the typical rugged specifications and works in high or low temperatures. The tablet is also shock and drop resistant, which executive Rance Poehler demonstrated by tossing the tablet off the stage during Panasonic's press event at CES 2014.

The Toughpad FZ-M1 with an Intel i5 vPro processor will be available in early spring 2014 for $2,099, according to Panasonic. A version with an Intel Bay Trail-M processor will be available in summer 2014.

This tablet comes a year after Panasonic announced its 20-inch Toughpad at the CES 2013 show. The 20-inch tablet has a 4K screen and is expected to be coming to the market early this year.

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