Panasonic is addressing a part of the tablet market that has yet to be filled: Providing a secure solution for enterprise, government, and business users. In the past, the company has released smaller tablets, like the U1 Ultra (running Windows), or convertible tablets, like the Toughbook 19, but never a 10.1-inch one running on Android.
"Enterprise customers are very interested in the tablet market, but have been frustrated by the lack of appropriate solutions," said Rance Poehler, president, Panasonic Solutions Company. "The vast majority of tablet devices—regardless of the OS—are engineered for consumers and don't offer appropriate levels of security and durability or the functionality needed for business use. Like all Toughbook products, our Toughbook tablet will be designed and constructed with the mission-critical mobile user in mind."
Set to be released in the 4th quarter of this year, the Android Toughbook offers a 10.1-inch XGA, meaning it can support up to 1,024 by 768 resolution (720p HD). The screen isn't glossy like the ones on the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab that make them hard to view in direct sunlight. Rather the Toughbook has a daylight screen and high brightness that allows it to be viewable in the field. The tablet does have multitouch functionality and comes with a stylus for those who need to take signatures or require a more precise pointing device.
The Panasonic Toughbook tablet does come with added security that's embedded as deep as the hardware. However, details pertaining to this part of the device's features are slim. Other features include satellite GPS, battery life to last through your shift, and optional 3G or 4G mobile broadband connectivity.