Panasonic Toughbook to Offer Android Tablet

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The new tablet will also include an active stylus, as well as satellite-based GPS and full-shift battery life.

Panasonic Solutions Company announced its plan to deliver an enterprise-grade Google Android-based tablet to the market later this year. The Toughbook tablet is designed to address a current gap in the market by introducing a secure, durable and functional device that will feature a high brightness, daylight viewable 10.1" screen and include an integrated active stylus to enable signature capture in the field. Panasonic is also addressing security needs in the market by embedding security features at the hardware level.

From a functionality standpoint, the Toughbook tablet will avoid the typical glossy screens found on current tablet offerings that are difficult to read in outdoor environments. The Toughbook tablet will include a high brightness, daylight viewable screen so that mobile workers, in markets like field service, home healthcare and public safety, can see data and operate the device regardless of lighting conditions.

The new tablet will also include an active stylus, allowing mobile workers in sales, customer service and mobile point-of-sale environments to capture signatures, as well as satellite-based GPS, full-shift battery life, professional-grade accessories and optional embedded 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity. Combined with mobile broadband connectivity, the Android-based Toughbook tablet is designed to provide quick access to applications and data that could improve a field worker’s ability to make critical decisions that enhance customer service, improve response times and deliver results, the company said in a release.

"Enterprise customers are very interested in the tablet market, but have been frustrated by the lack of appropriate solutions," said Rance Poehler, president of the Panasonic Solutions Company. "The vast majority of tablet devices—regardless of the OS—are engineered for consumers and don’t offer appropriate levels of security and durability or the functionality needed for business use. Like all Toughbook products, our Toughbook tablet will be designed and constructed with the mission-critical mobile user in mind."

The Panasonic Solutions Company delivers collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for customers in government, healthcare, education and a variety of commercial enterprises. Products and services within the company’s portfolio include Panasonic Toughbook mobile computing solutions, projectors, professional displays (including both plasma and LCD), and HD and 3D video acquisition and production solutions.