Panasonic has revealed its rugged Android tablet. It is a sturdy-looking 10.1″ tablet that looks like it can take punishing shocks on every corner, without being knocked out. Panasonic pitches it as a “business tablet”, so it comes with 3G/4G and IT management features, including hardware-level features that could mean “encryption”. It also has handwriting recognition and does not need a stylus, which has been a hallmark of business tablet for so long.In technical terms, this Toughbook Android tablet has a 10.1″ (1024×768) display which is optimized for outdoor use on a sunny day. It has two cameras (back/front), although there are no official specifications on those. Inside, Panasonic is using what they describe as a 3G/4G optional module but we don’t know if it’s 4G LTE or HSPA+ (more information about 4G networks). It also comes with a GPS.
Despite being relatively thick, this tablet does not come with a lot of ports: just a dock connector. That said, it’s understandable to some extent, as having more ports could also mean more potential entry points for dirt, water etc… Finally, Panasonic says that its battery life can last for a full-shift, which would imply 8hrs, but this is definitely not clear, so wait for independent reviews. [Panasonic official link]