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Panasonic reveals Android Toughbook tablet

The rugged 10.1-inch tablet should be coming stateside sometime late this year

Last week, Panasonic brought us the updated Toughbook CF-19 convertible notebook, and now the Japanese electronics company will be bringing the Toughbook name to the tablet market as well.

Through a recently released press release, Panasonic announced the Toughbook Android tablet for government and commercial enterprises. As expected, the device will include the kind of security, functionality and durability that users have come to expect from the Toughbook name.

The vast majority of of tablet devices – regardless of OS – are engineered for consumers and don’t offer appropriate levels of security and durability or the functionality needed for business use,” said Panasonic president Rance Poehler. “Like all Toughbook products, our Toughbook tablet will be designed and contructed with the mission-critical mobile user in mind.”

As for the specs, the rugged 10.1-inch Toughbook will be using an XGA (1024x768) matte screen for easier outdoor usability and will be optimized for readability “regardless of lighting conditions.” A stylus will be included as well, for quick edits and enhanced functionality. Other features include GPS and optional 3G/4G connectivity options. A rear camera can be seen from the official snapshots of the device.

Unfortunately, other key factors are still unknown, such as the CPU, RAM size, battery life, number of ports, Android version, and size and dimensions. The device is currently being shown at InfoComm in Florida, so full blown details are expected sooner rather than later.

The Toughbook tablet release is currently scheduled for Q4 2011.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-17 (Update: 2012-05-26)