Panasonic Japan has just announced two new Android tablets for the local market, the BizPad JT-580VT, a 7 inch model with LCD display and the JT-581VT, with a 10.1 inch LCD screen. Both run Android 3.2 and are business models.
What these units have in common are the resilience against shock, dust and water. Panasonic is claiming that the bigger model can survive drops from up to 80 cm, while the tinier unit can even function after being dropped 120 cm. On board you’ll also find an NFC reader, a replaceable battery, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a USB port, GPS, a microSD slot and an ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor.
Add to that 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and you’ve got a pretty generic product. Infrared is also a pretty nice addition, turning the devices into remote controls. The 7 inch Panasonic tablet supports a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution and has 3G as an option, plus it comes with a 5MP camera. It’s expected to launch in December, while the 10 incher supports a 1280 x 800 resolution and will come in January 2012, of course in Japan.