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.