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Panasonic Toughbook H2 tablet comes out fighting

Panasonic unleashes the toughest tablet on the block, and it'll eat your iPad for dinner

Panasonic’s 10.1-inch Toughbook H2 may look like a cross between a Speak & Spell and a concept tablet from the 90s, but despite its Fisher Price aesthetics, it’s packing some impressive tech. The extra-durable tablet is a Windows 7 machine with a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, replacing the Atom CPU of its predecessor, making it more powerful, according to Panasonic, by a factor of five.

Its rugged credentials are spearheaded by its IP65 and MIL-STD-810G certification (read: hard as nails). It’ll take a six-foot drop and exposure to the elements, thanks to a magnesium alloy body and anti-scratch coating.

The usual tablet suspects are present – Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with optional 3G support (or 4G for our lucky friends across the pond). RAM starts at 4GB (expandable to 8GB), coupled with the choice of either a 320GB HDD or 128GB SSD. It also boasts a 2MP camera and a barcode/RFID/fingerprint reader. Its anti-glare screen also makes for a better viewing experience in the great outdoors.

It’s certainly no iPad coming in at 1.58kg, but with a battery life of 6.5 hours and swappable twin batteries, you’ll remain powered up for a day on the building site, the garage, the wilderness, or wherever else necessitates the need for the tablet equivalent of Vinny Jones.

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