Panasonic announces Android powered Toughpad tablet

first_imgIn an announcement today, Panasonic confirmed that it has developed a new “hardened” Android-powered tablet. Pictured above, the 10-inch device is geared to take the kind of abuse that outdoor occupations can serve up. Named the Toughpad A1, it can withstand water, heat, cold, and up to a four-foot drop and remain functional. A cousin to Panasonic’s line of Toughbooks, the A1 is being marketed to the same demographics such as the military and construction companies.Running Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and powered by a Marvell dual-core 1GHz processor, the Toughpad has 16GB of on board storage and a MicroSD slot to add 32GB on top of that. The capacitive screen is daylight readable, and can double as a notepad with an optional stylus.As for connectivity, the device has WiFi of course, and also comes with 4G capability on either LTE or WiMAX. The battery is standard about for tablets at 10 hours of running time, but a definite plus is that it is serviceable, giving users the ability to replace a malfunctioning power cell. The Toughpad weighs in at 2.4 pounds without the stylus, and has a rather high retail price of $1,299.Panasonic has also focused on tough security for the Toughpad, putting encryption at the hardware level, adding dual factor authentication, and enhanced VPN services. The security installed makes the Toughpad compliant with FIPS 140-2 for Federal government and medical use.The Toughpad will come in both 7 and 10 inch screen sizes, with the larger tablet named the “A1” launching first. The 7-inch “B1” to be launched later is aimed at business professionals that are on the go, and need portability over screen size. Panasonic released a video introducing the new units that you can check it out below.Read more at Panasoniclast_img

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