Panasonic has its eyes set on conquering a sector of the tablet market which it believes has not been catered for thus far – the workplace.
Panasonic has launched the 10.1in Toughpad FZ-A1, which will be the first in its Toughpad family of professional-grade Android powered tablets. The company has said the tablet will be ideal for workers in areas such as aviation, construction, field service and public safety.
Like all of Panasonic’s Tough products, the 10.1in Toughpad FZ-A1 will have seriously rugged credentials. It has a MIL-STD-810G rating for 120cm drops as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water as well as being rating for use in “extreme conditions.”
As well as physical ruggedness, the Toughpad FZ-A1’s CPU, a 1.2GHZ processor from Marvel, incorporates a dedicated, tamper-proof, security processor, which should free up the CPU core for other tasks. It will come with 16GB of storage and 1GB or RAM.
There will also be software and data encryption, enhanced VPN, authentication, trusted boot and device management. It will come with Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS and optional 3G. It will come with microUSB, microSD and microHDMI slots.
The 10.1in CGA capacitive touchscreen promises 500 nits of brightness and comes with an anti-glare coating for outdoor use. You also get an active digitizer that records pressure, direction and speed along with your signature.
The Toughpad will run Android 3.2 and a 10-hour battery life is claimed. All this ruggedness comes at a cost however and the Toughpad FZ-A1 will weigh just under 1kg and measures 266 x 212 x 176mm - which if far from svelte.
The Toughpad will be available in Q1 2012 and will cost €850 excluding VAT for the Wi-Fi only model or €999 excluding VAT for the 3G model and both come with a 3 year warranty.
Panasonic has also told us that a 7in version, called the Toughpad FZ-B1, will be coming in the second half of 2012. Is the Toughpad the Android tablet you've been waiting for? Let us know in the comments.