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Panasonic's ToughPad A1 Android tablet introduced to take abuse for $1300

Product Launch by Dan Seifert on Tuesday November 08, 2011.

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Though Panasonic announced its plans to develop an Android tablet in the vein of its ToughBook line of laptops back in June, it has taken until now for the company to reveal the final version of the new tablet, complete with shipping dates and pricing information. The 10.1-inch ToughPad A1 is designed to take a substantial amount of abuse in harsh environments, and it carries an equally abusive to your wallet price tag.

The ToughPad A1 is powered by a 1.2GHz, dual-core processor built by Marvell and has 1GB of RAM. There is 16GB of internal storage, and the A1 supports microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity. The screen is 10.1 inches in size, and features XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) resolution with daylight visibility. The A1 also offers support for a stylus and active digitizer, with both signature capture and handwriting recognition supported.

Panasonic has equipped the tablet with a 10-hour battery that is user-serviceable. There is a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel unit up front. In addition to 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, the ToughPad also supports optional 4G LTE or WiMAX connections. The ToughPad weighs a hefty 966g (2.13lbs) and measures 266.7mm x 211mm x 17mm (10.5in x 8.3in x 0.67in ) in size.

The significant heft of the ToughPad A1 is excusable, since it can withstand a four foot fall when you inevitably drop it due to fatigue. The tablet is also resistant to water and dust exposure, and can withstand extreme temperatures.

The A1 runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and is expected to ship in the spring of 2012 with a $1299 price tag. Panasonic also announced that a companion to the A1,the 7-inch B1 tablet, will arrive early next year, but details were pretty scarce on it. It is also a rugged model, and it features a unique hand strap on the back of it. Panasonic says that more information will be revealed closer to the B1's launch.

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