Panasonic has just announced the launch of the ToughPad tablets, in the 7 inch B1 and the 10 inch A1 versions. These are rugged models, that can survive a drop from up high, it seems. They can even take on harsh weather and rough treatments, so they’ll be ideal in industrial environments.
Both run Android and meet the durability standards of ToughBook PC products from Panasonic. You also get 3 years of warranty, a water resistant shell on the slates and resistance against dust, screen glare and more. Extreme heat and cold doesn’t bother the ToughPads, so temperatures from 14 degrees to 122 Fahrenheit won’t be a problem.
Falls from 4 feet are also faced and you can use one of these tablets at an elevation of up to 15,000 feet. Plus, the specs aren’t bat at all, including the 1.2GHz Marvell dual core CPU on the A1, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and the 10.1 inch multitouch display. Digital pen input and a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution round things up, while on the software front, Android 3.2 Honeycomb is the name of the game.
The A1 integrates a mic and speaker, a microSDHC card slot, a stylus holder, a 5MP camera at the rear and 2MP one upfront, plus a micro HDMI port, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB port. 3G and 4G connectivity are supported, but the price is pretty premium at $1299.