Panasonic has released its first Android-based Toughpad at the recently opened CommunicAsia Telecom Expo 2012 at Singapore.
Built to be weather-resistant, dust-resistant, water-resistant, and even shock-proof, the Panasonic Toughpad that now runs on Android turned a couple of heads for a look. It was said to be designed for rugged and strenuous environments.
It is a newer version of previous “Toughpads” as previous versions have used Windows. Seeing how most of the market uses Android as an operating system, the company felt it needed to innovate one.
Panasonic officials say that there is a high request for the claimed rugged and sturdy device, claiming that the production will begin a couple of months from now.
The director of Panasonic’s Toughbook Asia Pacific Group, Satoshi Mizobata, stated that the device was “military type” for its characteristics.
The device weighs about 0.97 kilograms and has a 10.1″ LED screen with a resolution of 1024×768 that lets the user see and read content visibly even under sunlit glare. It also claims to be able to withstand shock from a high drop of about three to four feet or about 1.21 meters. In addition, the Android tablet lasts for approximately 9 hours with its Lithium-ion Battery.
Executives of the Toughbook Asia Pacific Group said this device would be available in the United States by August.