So, it is quite pleasing to see Panasonic back, although this time it is a rugged Android tablet rather than a mobile phone, but this is no ordinary tablet.. it's the Panasonic Toughbook tablet.
The display is a 10.1" 1024 x 768 pixel panel, which is certainly good enough for most applications you can think of. The Panasonic Toughbook tablet comes in WiFi-only or 3G/4G configurations, and it comes with GPS and a camera.
While every other tablet maker has been focused on cramming components into ever-shrinking casings, Panasonic has been hard at work applying the engineering tricks of their Toughbook laptop line to an even more portable device. The result is a newly announced Panasonic Toughbook Android Tablet. Specifics like pricing and what version of Android the device will run are unknown at this point, but we do know the device features a 10.1″ XGA multi-touch matte display, optional embedded 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity, front/rear facing cameras, and ships with a stylus. Given the Toughbook branding and Panasonic’s goal of catering to “mission-critical mobile users”, you can also expect the casing to take plenty of physical abuse, and include security embedded at the hardware level. Panasonic says to expect the device sometime in Q4 this year. If we get our hands on one then, you’re all invited to game of tablet frisbee. Winner gets to hammer it.
The Panasonic Android Tablet will avoid the typical glossy screens - found on current tablets - that are all but unreadable in outdoor environments. The Panasonic Toughbook tablet will include a high brightness, daylight viewable screen so that mobile workers, in markets like field service, home healthcare and public safety, can easily see critical data or pictures and operate with the Panasonic Toughbook Android tablet regardless of lighting conditions. The new Panasonic Toughbook tablet will include an active stylus pen, allowing mobile workers in sales, customer service and mobile point-of-sale environments to capture signatures.