Some of you will be able to buy a tablet that’s dust-proof and water-proof as soon as next month, because Fujitsu will be releasing their new rugged tablet dubbed Arrows Tab with Japanese telecom NTT DoCoMo. According to a flier (see below) for the new tablet it will be an Android 3.x Honeycomb tablet, but according to TCMagazine the tablet will be shipped with Android 3.1 and not the latest Android 3.2 version of the first Android operating system for tablets.
The tablet will of course be a 10.1-inch tablet and feature a display resolution of WXGA (1280-by-800), just like almost all of the Honeycomb tablets. The real differentiator will be the tablets ruggedness, and at this time it’s not clear just how dust and water-proof the Arrows Tab will be. However I can report the following specifications thanks to intel gathered by TCMagazine:
- LTE – The tablet will be released as an LTE tablet on NTT DoCoMo
- Capacitive (1280 x 800) touchscreen
- 1 GHz dual-core processor (Texas Instruments OMAP 4430)
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage; a micro SD card slot
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 2.1
- Rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with a front-facing 1.3MP camera
- GPS built-in
- micro USB port
- Dimensions: 262 x 181 x 11.5 mm; 599 grams
Fujitsu and NTT DoCoMo have not provided a price tag for the Arrows Tab at the moment, we’ll need to wait until next month for any word on that.
Here is the flier that announces the imminent arrival of the Fujitsu Arrows Tab for NTT DoCoMo:
In the near future Panasonic has already announced they plan to offer a rugged Android based tablet named Panasonic Toughbook Tablet. The Panasonic tablet hasn’t been announced with Honeycomb as the Fujitsu has but the tablet has been released yet either, Honeycomb could still happen but for now Panasonic has only released images of their tablet running a version of Android 2.x.
There are no rugged Android tablets on the market from any major manufacturers at the moment.