Panasonic unveils two rugged Android 3.2 tablets, one is actually pretty sleek

Posted on 13. Oct, 2011 by in Tablets

Panasonic BizPad tablets

The new Android tablets for Panasonic's BizPad line. Image: Panasonic

Yesterday Panasonic unveiled a pair of Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets for the business people of Japan, the tech giants home countrymen. There was a 7-inch model introduced that’s named Panasonic BizPad JT-580VT, and there is a tablet with a 10.1-inch screen named Panasonic BizPad JT-581VT.

According to Panasonic they will be releasing the 7-inch BizPad tablet first in late December of this year and the 10.1-inch BizPad tablet is scheduled for release in 2012 during the month of July. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed at this time for either tablet.

The two business Android tablets were unveiled with Android 3.2 Honeycomb (latest version) as their given operating system, although by the time either model is revealed the Android world will most likely be buzzing about a different version of Honeycomb. The BizPad tablets to meet the accustomed (for BizPad products) ruggedness feature drop, dust and water protection in their designs. Also the two business tablets feature a user removable battery design for business user convenience because the spare batteries are going to be compact and portable for these tablets.

When you look at the two tablets the 10.1-inch model is the leader in looks, the BizPad JT-581VT doesn’t really look like your traditional rugged business/enterprise tablet. Now on the other-hand the 7-inch model features an odd shape  (portrait heavy with curves in areas that don’t normally have them) which does resemble something you’d see in the business/enterprise market.

Features wise the two tablets don’t share too much in common, the 7-inch has features designed for an ultra-portable tablet and the 10.1-inch models doesn’t follow the same formula. With the 7-inch model you get the option for 3G while the 10.1-inch model offers the option for a built-in digitizer.

7-inch Panasonic BizPad JT-580VT main features:

  • Support for communications standards: 3G/GSM (optional)
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 14mm
  • Weight: 400 gram.
  • Platform: Android 3.2
  • Processor: Dual Core, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Display: 7 inch, a resolution of 1024×600 pixels, resistive touch screen
  • Water and dust-proof: IP55-compliant
  • Drop resistance: 120cm
  • Camera: 5 megapixel with autofocus and LED flash, can be used to scan things like bar codes
  • Memory: 1 GB SDRAM, 16GB Flash, microSD slot for memory cards
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Communications: Wi-Fi IEEE802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, NFC (ISO21841; TypeA, TypeB, FeliCa), GPS, infrared port, USB2.0 (USBMicro-AB Host / Device )

10.1-inch Panasonic BizPad JT-581VT main features:

  • Dimensions:  180 x 263 x 14mm
  • Weight: 700 gram.
  • Platform: Android 3.2
  • Processor: Dual Core, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Display: 10.1 inch, IPS, a resolution of 1280×800 pixels
  • Water and dust-proof: IP55-compliant
  • Drop resistance: 120cm
  • Camera: 1.3 megapixel with autofocus
  • Memory: 1 GB SDRAM, 16GB Flash, microSD slot for memory cards
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Communications: Wi-Fi IEEE802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, NFC (ISO21841; TypeA, TypeB, FeliCa), GPS, infrared port, USB2.0 (USBMicro-AB Host / Device)

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