panasonic fz-b2

Panasonic's Toughpad line of rugged tablets will get a new addition in December. The company has revealed plans to launch the Toughpad FZ-B2 with Android 4.4.4 KitKat in Europe for a starting price of 591 euros.

The seven-inch tablet has an Intel Celeron N2930 quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.83GHz, along with 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage capacity. Much like the rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active, the battery in the Toughpad FZ-B2 replaceable. That's still rare to see in a tablet, and Panasonic says it can last up to seven hours.

However, the Toughpad FZ-B2's biggest features focus on how much abuse it can take. Panasonic says:

Built for the rigors of business, the Toughpad FZ-B2 is drop tested to 150cm as well as having an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water and it will operate effectively in temperatures ranging from -10 to +50°C.

So far, there's no word on when the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 will be released in the US. Could this tablet suite your needs if you needed one that could stand up to a lot of use?

Update: Panasonic sent us an email stating the Toughpad FZ-B2 will be coming to the US in February 2015 for the price of $1,299.

Source: Panasonic