Panasonic Announces Waterproof, Shockproof Tablets for Military and Outdoor Users [Toughpad]

Tuesday, 08 November 2011


Panasonic Tough Pad Getting a Shower. Credit: Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

If you are a paddler who dreams of heading out on your next adventure with a laptop or tablet stowed away might be interested yesterdays announcement by Panasonic of two new Android tablets under their new line, Toughpad.

Designed to be durable, waterproof and withstand a drop of up to four feet; these tables are going after utility workers, military/police staff and the general public who sees value in having a rugged product. With a price of $1,200, they are clearly not going after the average consumer.

Panasonic Toughpad A1. Credit: Panasonic


Among the Toughbook A1's mainstream specs: a 1.2GHz dual-core processor; Android 3.2 aka Honeycomb; a "daylight-readable," LED-backlit, 1024x768 touchscreen display; 1GB of DDR2 memory; options for WiMax or LTE 4G wireless networking or more conventional 3G newtorking; a front-facing 2-megapixel camera and rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash; ports for micro USB, micro SDHC, and HDMI; and a 33.9 watt-hour lithium-ion battery. It measures 10.5x8.3x0.67 inches and weighs 2.1 pounds.

Look for it to be available sometime in the New Year. You can find more info here.

Photo credits: Water photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
Bottom  Photo: Panasonic

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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