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Panasonic unveils the Toughpad A1 and B1: The First Fully-Rugged Android Tablet

Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable handheldand tablet computers, unveiled today two new Android tablets that could be the most durable consumer tablets we have ever seen. The devices are targeting mission-critical and highly mobile workers.

First up is the 10-inch A1, comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell processor backed by 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot, Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, 10.1" XGA display with anti-reflective and anti-glare treatment and built in ambient light sensor, 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, LTE or WiMAX. There is also a microHDMI port, and a user-replaceable battery which is rated for 10 hours of usage.

There's also a 7-inch B1, which is coming this fall 2012, both are MIL-STD-810G rated to survive drops, dust and water.

Panasonic Toughpad A1 Specifications:
Operating System: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
Processor: Marvell 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
Storage: 16GB
Optional Storage: MicroSD optional up to 32GB
Display: 500 nit, daylight readable, 10.1″ XGA (4:3), capacitive multi-touch with anti-reflective and anti-glare treatment and built in ambient light sensor
Battery Life: 10 hours (serviceable battery)
Weight: 2.13lbs (without pen)
Drop Rating: 4 ft.
Ingress Protection: IP65
Temperature rating: 14F to 122F (operational)
Inputs: Micro-USB, microSDHC, micro HDMI
Camera: 5MP rear, 2MP front
Connectivity/Comms: 4G (LTE or WiMAX), 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, Satellite GPS
Security Features: Hardware-level security, FIPS 140-X and HIPPA compliant, cable lock slot
Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.3 x 0.67 in.

The Toughpad A1 will be available in the Spring of 2012 starting at $1299. The Toughpad B1 will be released later in 2012, with more details coming closer to availability.

Source: Panasonic, PhoneArena, YouTube

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