Panasonic Dives into Rugged Tablet Territory with the H1 Field


At a glance, it might hard to take Panasonic's new H1 Field too seriously. After all, it looks like you could find one in Toys-R-Us right between the LeapPad and those gimmicky cartoon character notebooks. But upon closer inspection, you'll see this is nothing of the sort.

Panasonic's H1 Field is actually a ruggedized tablet that's part of the company's Toughbook series. The H1 Field can withstand a 6-foot drop, scorching hot or freezing temperatures, and even a bit of water. It even boasts a sunlight-viewable dual-touch LCD designed to recognize both finger and stylus input. Try doing all that with your LeapPad.

Unlike anything else you're likely to find in the toy section, the H1 Field comes equipped with an Intel Atom Z540 processor (1.86GHz), 2GB of RAM, a 64GB reinforced flex-connect SSD, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RFID reader, and other odds and ends.

Panasonic says the H1 Field will start shipping in March with an estimated street price of $3,379.

Image Credit: Panasonic

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