Panasonic to Release Rugged Android Tablet

For designers, engineers and architects who have to take their work with them into the field — way out into the field, like to a construction site or on to an oil rig, for example — finding a computing platform that withstands the rigors of those environments can be a challenge. That fancy laptop that works fine in the office will probably be toast if it gets dropped into a pile of debris, dunked in sea water, or doused with hydraulic fluid.

There are rugged alternatives; laptops and tablets built to military specifications. Most of these devices are based on the Windows OS, but Panasonic recently introduced an Android-based rugged tablet.

The Panasonic Toughpad A1 is a 10.1-in., 2.13 lbs. tablet set to debut this spring at a list price of $1,299 (a 7-in. version is also in the works). It has an XGA capacitive, multi-touch, daylight-viewable screen, a Marvell 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and 10 hours of battery life. It’s rated at IP65 for ingress protection against dust and water, and meets MIL-STD-810G ratings for drops.

Since almost every application that has previously used Panasonic’s devices is Windows-based, the company is also launching a Business AppPortal for vertical market solutions.

A few companies have released ruggedized Android phones, including Motorola, Samsung, and Sony. Motorola also offers a rugged 7-in. tablet called the ET1.

You can a video of the Toughpad surviving all manner of abuse in the videos below:

Source: Panasonic

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