Panasonic ToughPad A1 and A2: Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof


Just about every gadget gets a “tough” version so it’s really no surprise that someone is coming out with a dustproof, waterproof and shockproof tablet.  Panasonic recently unveiled two versions of such a device.

There’s the Panasonic ToughPad A1, a 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet with a 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell processor and features a 16GB integrated storage that is expandable via microSD.  The 1,024 x 768-pixel display has a 4:3 format and accommodates stylus input.  The device is going to be LTE or WiMAX capable and will last 10 hours in a single charge.  The Panasonic ToughPad B1, on the other hand, has a 7-inch display and is also touted to share the A1’s toughness.

What could drive potential buyers away is the price.  The ToughPad A1 is expected to retail for $1,299.  The ToughPad B1 will get a lower price tag but there’s nothing definite yet.  These devices will be available in 2012.


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