Panasonic Brings Windows 10 to Toughpad

By Tom Allen
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Panasonic’s Toughpad line of rugged tablets holds several UltraHD models, and the company has just introduced its first model running Windows 10.

Going by the name of FZ-Y1, the 20″ ‘tablet’ features a new processor, graphics engine and storage options. Aimed squarely at business users, the unit runs Windows 10 Professional (which can be changed to Windows 7 Pro) on a Core i5 processor, with 8GB of RAM; an AMD FirePro M5100 GPU; and a 256GB or 512GB SSD.

Resolution is not ‘true’ UltraHD (3840 x 2160), but rather 3840 x 2560: a 15:10 aspect ratio and 230 ppi. The touchscreen is pressure-sensitive, supporting up to 2,049 levels of pressure. An optional Electronic Touch Pen active stylus can be used with the tablet. Panasonic also says that the FZ-Y1 is certified for use with the Solidworks CAD application.

A glass fibre case, covering the magnesium frame body, can handle drops of up to 1m. Mini DisplayPort (out), HDMI (in), USB 3.0 and RJ45 ports are featured.

Panasonic is selling the new Toughpad now, for $4,900 (with a three-year warranty).