Panasonic Toughpad A1 and B1, Specs, Prices, Features

When someone mentions Panasonic, the first two things you would think about are batteries and electronics. Never would you think of tablets. Yes, tablets. It seems that Panasonic—all along quiet while the tablet wars were raging—decided to join the fray and bring their army on some time in 2012.

First of all, do we really need another tablet in the already very saturated tablet market? Really? I mean literally everywhere you look we have those generic tablets from China and almost every two months some corporation with a name releases a tablet of their own. (cue Kindle Fire, B&N Nook). But maybe you're asking the wrong question. I think a better question would be "do we need a tablet that is literally strong to the punch and that would be able to withstand whatever situation we present it to?" Now you're thinking what I'm thinking. Enter the Toughpad A1 and B1.

Panasonic has created a purpose-built line of Android-powered tablets, designed with enhanced security, long product life, and advanced device management in mind. The Panasonic Toughpad family will allow government and commercial enterprises, as well as SMBs, to realize the true potential of tablet computing without sacrificing security and while delivering a high return on investment.

Not much are known about these tablets as of yet, but from the video above it looks like it's as tough as heck. Jackhammer? No problem. Flamethrower? That's easy. The Panasonic Toughpad twins makes other tablets look like sissies. This is literally the definition of a work tablet. Rain or shine you'd be able to do whatever your business is on your pad. But will it blend? See the partial Panasonic Toughpad specs below:

Panasonic Toughpad A1 and B1 Technical Specifications

Panasonic Toughpad A1
  • OS: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell processor
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Screen: 10"
  • Display: 4:3 1024x768p
  • Weight: 2.13 lbs.
  • Battery life: 10 hours, user-replaceable
  • Connectivity: LTE, WiMax
  • USMS Rating: MIL-STD-810G*

Panasonic Toughpad B1
  • Screen: 7"
  • USMS Rating: MIL-STD-810G*
  • Other specs TBA
*Rated to survive drops, water and moisture, and dust

Panasonic Toughpad A1 and B1 Price

The Panasonic Toughpad A1 has an MSRP of $1,299.00, which seems obscene at this point in time, even shaming the iPad 2. But we're guessing that that price would justify itself in the coming months. Here's to hoping that the Toughpad A1 won't become the next HP TouchPad. For the Toughpad B1, we don't know much about it yet.

So there you have it, a quick run-down of what could be the next phase of tablet evolution: toughness. Let's see these Panasonic Toughpad tablets in 2012.

'Till my next installment.

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