Panasonic has officially announced what seems to be the world’s first rugged Android tablet: the Panasonic Toughbook tablet.
The tablet was “designed with security, functionality and real-world reliability in mind”, and will be released sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. It features a 10.1 inch XGA (1024 x 768) “daylight viewable” multi-touch display, an active stylus, GPS, and optional 3G / 4G connectivity.
There’s no word on which version of Android the Toughbook tablet will use.
Anyway, according to the Japanese company, the tablet “will appeal to a wide variety of users, including 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 vast majority of tablet devices – regardless of the OS – are engineered for consumers and don’t offer appropriate levels of security and durability or the functionality needed for business use. Like all Toughbook products, our Toughbook tablet will be designed and constructed with the mission-critical mobile user in mind,” declared Rance Poehler, president, Panasonic Solutions Company.
Back in November, we’ve heard that Panasonic also wanted to launch Android smartphones this year, but it didn’t do it – at least not yet. Well, now that we officially have an Android tablet, phones shouldn’t be too far away.
Via Press release (PDF)
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