Panasonic has announced that it will be launching a new tablet later in the year, but it will be no ordinary Android tablet – it will be a Toughbook Tablet.
We’ve seen dozens of Android tablets already this year, and some of them are very nice looking devices indeed, however taking your HTC Flyer out into the real world means you risk damaging the glossy screen and shiny back. If this has put you off purchasing a tablet until now, well you might be interested in Panasonic’s new Toughbook Tablet. The 10.1in Android tablet will be encased in high-impact plastics usually reserved for car bumpers and cycle helmets – so even the clumsiest people should be safe. The details about the Toughbook Tablet are still a bit thin on the ground but Panasonic has told us that it believes its target audience would be “mission critical government personnel, highly mobile field forces, SMB’s looking for a competitive edge, security conscious IT managers and bottom-line focused CFOs.”
The 10.1in touchscreen is of the XGA matte variety to allow for viewing while you are outdoors and has a resolution of 1024 x 768. The Tablet will ship with an active stylus and while Panasonic hasn’t told us what flavour of Android it will be running, from the press pictures we’d venture a guess that it will be Honeycomb. The Tablet will also have GPS, so you always know where you are, and optional 3G/4G. The Toughbook Tablet will join the Toughbook line which until now has been primarily made up of rugged notebooks and convertible tablet/PCs. The new tablet will certainly stand out among other Android tablets but don’t expect to see too many people on the bus playing Angry Birds with one of these devices.
No word on pricing yet but Panasonic did indicate it is hoping to ship the enterprise-orientated slate before Christmas. So if you know someone who needs something to hammer nails into a wall as well as checking their Twitter account on the go, then this could make the perfect Christmas present.