When it comes to tough and tumble devices for use in the field, the Panasonic Toughbook series of laptops has always been the industry leader. They have tough tablets with Windows too, but now Panasonic is added a huge dash of ruggedness to the Android army with the introduction of the Panasonic Toughpad A1 and Toughpad B1.
The new new Toughpads will naturally bring the same kind of ruggedness you’ve come to expect from Panasonic tough products, so go ahead and use it in rain, sleet, mud, dust, sand, or whatever else. This includes operating temps between 14 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The core design is very much in like with Toughbooks too and they’ve even included a hand strap on the back to make them easier to hold.
The larger of the two is the Panasonic Toughpad A1. It gets a 10.1-inch display that work with a stylus. Power comes by way of Android 3.2 Honeycomb and a Marvell 1.2GHz dual core processor, along with 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage, microSD expansion, a “serviceable” battery, and the option of adding LTE or WiMAX. Security goes further with software encryption, dual-factor authenticatoin, and other “business-oriented safeguards.” They mention a Business AppPortal cloud-based storefront too.
The Panasonic Toughpad B1 looks to be much the same device, except with a 7-inch display in place of the 10-incher. We imagine the specs are going to be very similar, if not identical.