Panasonic is continuing their Android ventures with another forthcoming device. This time, itís called the Toughbook, and as its name implies, will be built to last. Itíll obviously be geared at business professionals, namely those who spend a good amount of time doing field work. (Construction workers, anyone?) The device is quite big for this market, clocking in at 10.1 inches.
Itíll have a 720p glare-reflective bright display for use in direct sunlight. Itíll have multi-touch capabilities and will come with a stylus. GPS and 3G radios will be inside, of course. No other specs Ė like which version of Android itíll be running when it launches or what kind of processor itíll have Ė were mentioned. Weíd pray for Honeycomb, of course, but a business-grade tablet like this often requires heavy customization.
It remains to be seen how exactly Panasonic will play this. They could either offer it wholesale or through special order for business, or give consumers a chance to get one of their own if a tough tablet is what they need. In any case, donít expect to see any of this until Q4 2011
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