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CES 2013: Panasonic unveils Windows, Android-powered Toughpad tablets

For those mobile users who work in fields like the military, construction, and utilities, or just can't seem to keep a steady grip on their devices, Panasonic announced two new enterprise-grade Toughpad tablets.

Designed for mission-critical and highly mobile workers, the Toughbook brand now includes the 10in Windows 8 Pro Toughpad FZ-G1 and the 7in Android-powered Toughpad JT-B1 tablet.

Panasonic introduced the newest in its family of rugged tablets for businesses and government organisations at this week's 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Toughpad FZ-G1 runs on Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro operating system, featuring 4GB to 8GB of RAM with an optional micro SDXC, up to eight hours of battery life, and built-in Wi-Fi, plus the option to embed a 4G LTE or 3G network connections. Weighing in at 1.1kg with a 10in display, the tablet can withstand a 4-foot drop and temperatures between -10 to 50 degrees centigrade.

"Our Toughpad tablets were designed based on years of input from customers," Rance Poehler, president of the Panasonic System Communications Company, said in a statement.

"This customer feedback is a critical part of the development process and will continue to share Toughbook and Toughpad devices in the future."

The second tablet on offer, the Toughpad JT-B1, comes with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, a micro SDHC, and an eight-hour battery. The 0.54kg, 7in tablet also sports a 1.3-megapixel front camera and a 13-megapixel shooter in the back.

All Toughpad tablets are tested for drops, fluid ingress, and temperature, to assure reliable performance, Panasonic said. Devices also feature daylight viewable screens, user-replaceable batteries, a stylus, and multiple options for peripheral connectivity.

The Windows 8 Pro-based Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March for $2,899 (£1809), while its 7in Toughpad TJ-B1 counterpart will begin shipping in February with a $1,199 (£748) price tag. Panasonic's original 10in Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1, which hit the market, last year, is currently available for $1,299 (£811).