Panasonic today announced its plans to launch in Q4 of this year an enterprise-grade tablet device, the Panasonic Toughbook Android Tablet, that features 10.1-inch XGA multi-touch screen and would be powered by Android 2.2 FroYo operating system designed for mobile phones.
According to Panasonic, large majority of prevailing tablet devices in market today do not offer sufficient levels of security and durability or the functionality needed for business use and the new Panasonic Toughbook tablet is designed to address these issues to deliver a new generation of tablet devices offering security, functionality and real-world reliability that would appeal to a wide variety of users, including mission critical government personnel, highly mobile field forces, SMB’s looking for a competitive edge, security conscious IT managers and bottom-line focused CFOs.
From a functionality standpoint, the Panasonic Toughbook tablet would not feature a typical glossy LCD display system, typically found on majority of tablet devices available in market today as such glossy LCD displays are barely readable in outdoor environments.
Instead, the Panasonic Toughbook tablet will include a high brightness, daylight viewable screen allowing mobile business workers, like field service, home healthcare and public safety, easily operate the tablet device regardless of lighting conditions.
In addition, the new Panasonic Toughbook tablet ( not to be confused with Toughbook convertible tablet PC) will also include an active stylus, allowing mobile workers in sales, customer service and mobile point-of-sale environments to enter data and capture signatures etc.
The Panasonic Toughbook tablet device would features a 10.1-inch XGA multi-touch display having 1024 x 768 pixel resolution (720p HD) powered by Google Android 2.2 FroYo OS designed primarily for smartphones.
The device also includes satellite-based GPS+A-GPS functionality, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/N wireless networking, rear-facing and front facing cameras, full-shift battery life, professional-grade accessories and optional embedded 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity allowing mobile field business users ultra-fast access to applications and data.
The Panasonic Toughbook tablet device is designed to operate even in extreme operating environments offering durability, and ingress protection consistent with its other fully-rugged devices.
The Android 2.2 FroYo powered Toughbook tablet would comes bundled with standard Google Apps including , Android Market, Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps 4.7 with Navigatio, Google Search, Google Talk IM, Google Voice, Voice Actions, YouTube and many more. Then there are over 150,000 apps at Android Market for download.
The Panasonic Toughbook tablet device is due to be released in Q4, 2011 but Panasonic has not yet revealed its price in any market as yet.