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The makers of the darn-near invincible Toughbooks are taking on the tablet world. Today Panasonic announced the "Toughpad" family. There are 2 versions, the A1, a 10.1 incher; and the B1, a forthcoming 7 inch.

The A1 has a 10.1 inch, 4:3, XGA (1024x768), daylight viewable screen. It has capacitive touch and "offers" a stylus for handwriting recognition. The main feature though, is its ability to take your abuse. Get it wet, hot, cold, sandy, or drop it, and the Toughpad will keep on working. Your wallet is going to have to be pretty tough too, the 10 inch version will run you $1300 -- more than twice the price of a more delicate tablet.

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The hardware's not the only tough part, as your data will be protected too. Panasonic added "hardware and software encryption, enhanced VPN, dual factor authentication, trusted boot and device management." That's right, hardware encryption. Scary. They've also added some remote management features to help out the enterprise minded. You can push applications to your fleet of tablets, "secure devices from unauthorized use" and there are "many other granular features not found in consumer-grade Android-powered tablets."

An Android device wouldn't be complete without some crapware. Panasonic created yet another app store, the "Business AppPortal" which is "an enterprise-focused app store offering best-of-breed vertical market specific solutions as well as applications addressing broad enterprise concerns, including Mobile Device Management, security and virtualization."

As far as availability goes, the A1 can be yours in spring 2012, and the B1 will arrive in the fall.

Not much is known about the 7 inch B1, but we have a full spec list for the 10 inch version:

  • Operating System: Honeycomb 3.2
  • Processor: Marvell 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Optional Storage: MicroSD optional up to 32GB
  • RAM: 1GB LP-DDR2
  • Display: 500 nit, daylight readable, 10.1" XGA (4:3), capacitive multi-touch with anti-reflective and anti-glare treatment and built in ambient light sensor
  • Battery Life: 10 hours (serviceable battery)
  • Camera: 5MP rear, 2MP front
  • Weight: 2.13lbs (without pen)
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.3 x 0.67 in.
  • Connectivity: (LTE or WiMAX), 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, Satellite GPS
  • Drop Rating: 4 ft.
  • Temperature rating: 14F to 122F (operational)
  • Inputs: Micro-USB, microSDHC, micro HDMI
  • Security Features: Hardware-level security, FIPS 140-X and HIPPA compliant, cable lock slot
  • Ingress Protection: IP65

And Panasonic has thoughtfully created a video of the tablet being abused. It's awesome.

There's full website up and running over at PanasonicToughpad.com. Go check it out.

Source: Panasonic via Marketwatch

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • http://rockthatmobile.com Dana Rock

    This thing seriously looks crazy! I honestly thought it was a joke when I first watched the video, but its totally legit.

    Wow!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I'm thinking of getting it to make eggs in the morning. And I won't need to keep a bat next to my bed anymore, I'll just launch this thing at anyone who dares break in.

    • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

      I don't think I'd throw something that expensive at someone most likely looking to steal valuables!

  • Ryuuie

    If this doesn't get ICS, we can use it as a sheild in our Occupy Google movement! :P

  • http://www.lympago.com Rob

    Count me as first in line for a 7" version!

  • Don Gemus

    FINALLY, I can play Angry Birds underwater

  • Edward

    The Panasonic ToughBook laptop is really durable, so this new ToughPad should be great. But I would like to see a ToughPhone, too!

  • BeDammit

    1300 bucks?
    This sounds like the next tablet for MacDonalds outside ordering staff.