Panasonic Toughbook Android Rugged and Tough Tablet coming soon!

This is a great news for the industrial world, Panasonic announced that they are already working on an Android tablet version of their Toughtbook, rugged for use in the field. There’s no specifics on what the internals will be other than that it’s going to have a tough shell and 10.1-inch screen but we suspect it will probably run Android Honeycomb 3.0 and dual-core processor of some sort.

We will have more updates when we find out more so stay tuned folks.

Press Release:

PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK TO ADDRESS MARKET VOID BY DELIVERING ENTERPRISEGRADE ANDROID TABLET
Device to include enterprise-scale security, functionality and durability for government and
commercial mobility
Secaucus, NJ, June 16, 2011 – Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration,
information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises,
today announced its plans to deliver an enterprise-grade Android™ tablet to the market in the
fourth quarter of this year. The new Toughbook® tablet will address a current gap by delivering
a product designed with security, functionality and real-world reliability in mind. By delivering this
purpose-built business solution, the new Toughbook tablet will appeal to a wide variety of users,
including mission critical government personnel, highly mobile field forces, SMB’s looking for a
competitive edge, security conscious IT managers and bottom-line focused CFOs.
“Enterprise customers are very interested in the tablet market, but have been frustrated by the
lack of appropriate solutions,” said Rance Poehler, president, Panasonic Solutions Company.
“The vast majority of tablet devices—regardless of the OS—are engineered for consumers and
don’t offer appropriate levels of security and durability or the functionality needed for business
use. Like all Toughbook products, our Toughbook tablet will be designed and constructed with
the mission-critical mobile user in mind.”
From a functionality standpoint, the Toughbook tablet will avoid the typical glossy screens—
found on current tablet offerings—that are all but unreadable in outdoor environments. The
Toughbook tablet will include a high brightness, daylight viewable screen so that mobile workers,
in markets like field service, home healthcare and public safety, can easily see critical data and
operate the device regardless of lighting conditions. The new tablet will also include an active
stylus, allowing mobile workers in sales, customer service and mobile point-of-sale
environments to capture signatures on the device’s 10.1” XGA multi-touch display.
Enterprise-class mobile computing requires a heightened level of device security that is not
currently available in today’s tablet market. To address this need, the new Toughbook tablet is
being designed with security embedded at the hardware level.
The Toughbook brand is widely known for its reliability and durability, even in extreme operating
environments. The new Toughbook tablet will be no exception, offering durability, and ingress
protection consistent with its other fully-rugged devices.
Panasonic Toughbook to Address Market Void by Delivering Enterprise‐Grade Android TabletPanasonic Toughbook to Address Market Void by Delivering Enterprise‐Grade Android Tablet
Other features to be offered on the Toughbook tablet include satellite-based GPS, full-shift
battery life, professional-grade accessories and optional embedded 3G/4G mobile broadband
connectivity.
Combined with mobile broadband connectivity, the Android-based Toughbook tablet will offer
quick access to applications and data that could significantly improve a field worker’s ability to
make critical decisions that enhance customer service, improve response times and deliver
results.
The device is being shown at Panasonic’s InfoComm booth (3829) in Orlando, FL. InfoComm
runs through Friday, June 17.
Follow the Toughbook® Brand
The Panasonic Toughbook brand can be followed on various social media channels, including
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Toughbloggers.com.
About Panasonic Solutions Company
Panasonic Solutions Company empowers people whose jobs depend on reliable technology.
The company delivers collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for
customers in government, healthcare, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises.
Products and services within the company’s portfolio include Panasonic Toughbook mobile
computing solutions, projectors, professional displays (including both plasma and LCD), and HD
and 3D video acquisition and production solutions. As a result of its commitment to R&D,
manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic is known for the reliability and longevity of its
products. Panasonic Solutions Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North
America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:
PC).
All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the
respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on
Panasonic Solutions Company’s full line of products can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or
at www.panasonic.com/business-solutions.



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