If current tablets seem a bit too fragile to you, rest easy knowing Panasonic agrees, adding an Android tablet to their Toughbook lineup. At the press conference, Rance Poehler, president of Panasonic Solutions Company, stated that, “enterprise customers are very interested in the tablet market, but have been frustrated by the lack of appropriate solutions.” He went on to say that many of the tablets on the market are designed for the consumer, and don’t have the durability or the security wanted by businesses. There were no specifics on pricing or a release date beyond a target release of sometime in Q4.
The press conference didn’t go deep into the specs of the device, but we do know a few key features. The screen is a 10.1 inch XVGA muti-touch display, with the ability of stylus input. Also, the display will not be glossy, and it will be bright enough to be read in sunny outdoor conditions. The tablet will have more security than current consumer tablets, and the security will be “embedded at the hardware level.” The device will also include optional 3G/4G connectivity, a full shift battery, satellite based GPS and have compatibility with professional grade accessories. As far as the OS goes, all Panasonic has said is that it will be running Android, but with the release being later this year in Q4 I’m thinking it’ll run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and not Honeycomb. Panasonic has said that the tablet will be just as durable as the Toughbook laptops. What do you think of this tablet? Will it be durable enough for you (or your kids)? Leave a comment below!