Panasonic's new Toughbook brings the rugged life to tablets

Panasonic's new Toughbook brings the rugged life to tablets

Summary: Panasonic's newest entry into the Toughbook brand is Panasonic's durable entry into the glossy tablet market.


Tablets nowadays are delicate beasts, all gloss and glass and mostly unsuited for the rugged life. Which is why Panasonic is porting its enterprise-friendly Toughbook brand of durable devices to the tablet world. Calling the device "secure, durable, and functional" Panasonic aims to solve some of the biggest problems that tablet users face on a daily basis

For instance, by upping the 10.1-inch screen's brightness and scrapping its gloss, Panasonic is making it easier to use the tablet outside. That's a godsend for users in the construction industry, who are almost always outside.

And because the tablet is aimed at what Panasonic calls "mission critical government personnel" the device also features a number of hardware-level security tweaks. Clearly, this tablet is after the military's own heart.

Other features include stylus support, 3G/4G/GPS radios, and, of course, Android. Strangely, Panasonic hasn't said which version of the OS the tablet will run. Likewise, there is no word on the tablet's availability or price or final name.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Panasonic's new Toughbook brings the rugged life to tablets

    About time someone made a tough tablet. Now we can build apps that work well in repair garages.

    ------------------------ - the Amazon SES app.
  • Hmm, how tough?

    The old Huskies we had, you could stick them under the wheel of a stuck Mercedes K-Wagon to get you out of swampy ground, then wash it off in a near-by stream, then carry on working.

    I wouldn't want to test that with an iPad, but the Toughbook tablet might be an option. :-D
  • Military?

    Seems unlikely Android can pass the necessary OS security certification for use on anything except non-secure use with or without the hardware "tweaks" - probably enough to molify corporate users though