Panasonic is to add an Android-based tablet to its Toughbook line of ruggedised computers, targeting the firm's existing market of highly mobile workers and those needing a device that can operate out in the field, even in adverse weather conditions.
The Toughbook tablet is expected to ship in the US in the fourth quarter of 2011, while availability in the UK and other regions has yet to be announced.
Panasonic said the new device will address a gap in the market for a rugged enterprise tablet designed with security, functionality and real-world reliability in mind.
This means building in features such as a high brightness screen that can be read outdoors even in full daylight, and a stylus for signature capture in customer service and mobile point-of-sale environments.
Full details and pricing for the device have yet to be disclosed, but it will have a 10.1in multi-touch display, GPS, all-day battery life, and optional 3G mobile broadband connectivity. Panasonic added that it will offer a range of professional-grade accessories.
The tablet will take its place alongside a growing line of toughened portable computing products from the Japanese hardware maker.
Last week, Panasonic launched a new version of the CF-19 convertible, boasting greater performance and new screen technology for easier reading in a variety of lighting conditions.
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