Panasonic preps outdoor Android slate
Daylight readable display, anyone?
There's a large big biz shaped hole at the heart of the Android tablet market, Panasonic reckons, but it's one the company aims to fill.
Enter the Toughbook tablet, a 10.1in machine with extra padding at the edges to make it more resistant to knocks and bumps than your average fondleslab.
We don't know about big business, but we do know that a fair few ordinary punters will also like the idea of a tablet that eschews a glossy display in favour of the "high brightness, daylight viewable screen" Panasonic is promising its tablet will offer.
Panasonic didn't say much else about the Toughbook tablet's specs - it'll have GPS on board, and 3G connectivity will be optional - but it may not have finalised the details yet. The gadget won't be out until Q4. ®
Re: My predictions:
Windows? When Panasonic has specifically stated it'll run Android?
It'll be multitouch, apparently. That implies that either no stylus is needed at all, or it will be optional. It'll be expensive because it probably isn't intended for mass-market use. It'll be heavy because it needs to not fall to bits or leak at the slightest provocation and resilience doesn't come for free. It won't be anywhere near as heavy as the mil-spec toughbooks though, this isn't a tank.
I'm slightly disappointed it comes in at 10" though. A 7" model could fit in a jacket pocket...
Do they think we go outside?!