Panasonic Has Unveiled The First Rugged Android Tablet, No Honeycomb?

Posted on 16. Jun, 2011 by in Tablets

Panasonic Toughbook Android tablet frontToday, Panasonic unveiled their first Google Android based rugged product with the Toughbook tablet. Panasonic today presented the tablet as being an enterprise-grade tablet, to meet that classification Panasonic has focused on security, durability and functionality with the Toughbook tablet.

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

The Panasonic Toughbook tablet will feature a 10.1-inch XGA (1024×768) resolution multi-touch display with active stylus support, a display that is daylight viewable, satellite-based GPS, all-day battery life, and hardware embedded security. Configurable options and other add-on’s will include embedded 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity and a host of professional-grade accessories just for the tablet.

From the photos released by Panasonic for the Toughbook Android tablet the device appears to be running on Android 2.x instead of Android 3.x Honeycomb which was designed specifically for large screened devices like tablets. Panasonic hasn’t stated on the record which version of Android the tablet will be launched with later this year, so Android Honeycomb could very easily wind up in the tablet at launch.

Panasonic plans to release the Toughbook tablet later this year in Q4 for a yet unknown amount of money. However the first live demonstration of the Toughbook tablet will come tomorrow at InfoComm 2011 in Orlando, FL..

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