Panasonic comes out with pricey new 4K UHD Toughpad, with Windows 10

by on October 29, 2015

Stephan Jukic – October 29, 2015

This is the first of Pansonic’s Toughpads to ship out with the Windows 10 OS and it definitely features some beefed up internal specs. On the other hand, the 4K UHD resolution of this newest version is the same as that seen in some other models of the same.

The new Panasonic Toughpad offers heavy-duty horsepower under its elegant surface in the form of an updated processor, superior graphics engine, excellent new high end storage options and a massive 20 inch screen size, making it into one of the giants of the tablet world. This is a 4K UHD tablet computer that’s aimed directly at professional users and offers a UHD screen that’s the near equivalent of many 4K monitors, particularly with its equally big price tag.

The huge 20 inch display of the Toughpad comes with a 15:10 aspect ratio, a 3840 x 2560 pixel 4K ultra HD resolution and the combination of display size and pixel count (just about 8.7 million pixels) amounts to a total pixel density of a hefty 230 ppi.

Going by the model name of FZ-Y1 Performance, the new toughpad is the first in the entire series of these tablets to ship out to buyers with Windows 10 Professional built into it, and to boot, it comes with powerful hardware such as an Intel Core i7-5600U processor, a 16GB RAM, AMD FirePro M5100 dedicated graphics and storage that can consist of either a 256 or 512GB SSD storage. All of these specs represent an enormous bump up from the specs of last year’s UT-MA6 Toughpad by Panasonic.

Rich connectivity options complete the new 4K UHD Toughpad from Panasonic

Rich connectivity options complete the new 4K UHD Toughpad from Panasonic

In addition to some seriously hardcore computing/processing specs, the FZ-Y1 Performance Toughpad also features very decent connectivity in the form of a gigabit LAN port, a Mini DisplayPort 1.2 out connection and an HDMI-in port, letting it be used as an impromptu 4K UHD monitor for other 4K UHD-friendly PC devices. There is also one USB 3.0 port built into the FZ-Y1 Performance.

Finally, since this is fundamentally a touchscreen device, it has to live up to some serious quality in terms of touch control, and it does: it offers 2,049 levels of pressure sensitivity and also offers an optional Electronic Touch Pen active stylus for even finer manipulation on the screen. This stylus can also communicate with the tablet through Bluetooth.

The FZ-Y1 Performance is certified to work with the 3D CAD application known as SOLIDWORKS and can also be downgraded to Windows 7 Pro if you’re not quite ready to deal with learning Windows 10 usage. On top of all this, the Toughpad is indeed a tough pad, with a glass fiber case covering the whole magnesium frame body of the tablet. Based on lab testing, it can supposedly handle falls of up to a meter onto a hard surface with little chance of damage.

Now, as for pricing, performance like this is something you just know won’t be cheap. The tablet is selling for a very much consumer market-unfriendly $4,900 US.

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  • Troy
    November 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    The aspect ratio is actually 16:9 for this tablet (3840×2160) not 15:10 and the pixel count is just over 8.3 million not 8.7 million.


    • Stephen
      November 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

      Thank you for the points Troy. We did not personally review this tablet and were just covering a news blurb about it, However, the tablet does come with a 15:10 aspect ratio and a slightly larger total pixel count because its resolution is not the normal 3840 x 2160 but instead 3840 x 2560. These are specs that come from Panasonic itself.


  • matt
    November 21, 2015 at 9:08 pm


    you are really a smart person


  • Gadgety
    December 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I wouldn’t mind this tablet as I come down from my design mountain. However the electronic pen really looks like an ambomination. Unreal.


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