Panasonic Toughpad A1 is a rigid $1299 Android 10" tablet with 4G radios, 7" B1 is on the way
World’s most reliable 10″ and 7″ tablets deliver the enhanced security, advanced device management and application eco-system required by business and government users
Secaucus, NJ, November 7, 2011 – Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable handheld and tablet computers since 1996, today unveiled the Toughpad™ family of professional-grade Android™-powered tablets (#Toughpad), which includes a 10″ and 7″ device. The devices–targeting mission-critical and highly mobile workers–will be supported by an eco-system that includes an enterprise focused app store, peripherals, developer tools, deployment support and more.
The 10″ Toughpad A1, available first, is ideal for highly mobile outdoor workers in markets like aviation, construction, field sales and the public sector, where exposure to extreme environments is a constant challenge and the consequence of a failure is significant. The device can also be used as a tool to optimize business processes as a cost effective pen / paper replacement. The 7″ Toughpad B1 targets similar markets, but in applications where screen real estate is not as critical and where device mobility and portability are critical.
“Panasonic has been a leading force in the government and enterprise mobile computing space–including tablet, convertible tablet, and handheld devices–for over fifteen years,” said Rance M. Poehler, President, Panasonic Solutions Company. “For many manufacturers this is new territory, but it’s currently one of Panasonic’s growing product categories. Because of this, we have the unique ability to apply our market knowledge, intellectual property, engineering and R&D resources to deliver an Android-powered tablet that is radically different from the largely consumer-based devices on the market today. The Toughpad tablets are developed from the inside out to address the needs of the business users. As a result, our customers will get the most rugged, reliable and enterprise-appropriate tablets in the world – helping to drive efficiency and productivity in ways that were never possible. The Toughpad tablets will be backed by our world class service and support infrastructure, including our U.S. dedicated hot-line support, 2 day or less service turn-time, and our customer facing field engineering staff.”
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.
Enterprise-class mobile computing requires an enhanced level of device security that is not available in today’s tablet market. To address this need, the new Toughpad family is designed with security in mind. The Toughpad A1 incorporates security embedded at the hardware level and offer technologies like hardware and software encryption, enhanced VPN, dual factor authentication, trusted boot and device management. This enhanced level of device security means the Toughpad A1 will be compliant with FIPS 140-2 for Federal government use and HIPAA ready for healthcare environments.
The Toughpad family can be managed with a custom set of low level controls that provide IT Administrators with unprecedented power over their Android-powered devices. This level of mobile device management (MDM) is essential for successfully deploying and managing Android-powered tablets in the field. These controls allow IT managers to distribute applications in a one-to-many environment, secure devices from unauthorized use and many other granular features not found in consumer-grade Android-powered tablets.
A Rich Application Environment for Government and Enterprise Mobility
Besides having access to the existing selection of Android Market applications, the Toughpad is supported by the Business AppPortal, an enterprise-focused app store offering best-of-breed vertical market specific solutions as well as applications addressing broad enterprise concerns, including Mobile Device Management, security and virtualization.
This highly secure, cloud-based user storefront allows IT Managers and developers to store, download and test applications for use on their Toughpad devices. Panasonic will also offer private application stores within the Business AppPortal, which businesses can customize to meet their specific needs.
Purpose-built for Real-world Mobility
The Toughpad A1 has a high brightness, 10.1″ XGA capacitive, multi-touch, daylight-viewable screen so mobile workers, in markets like supply chain logistics, utilities and the military, can easily see critical data and operate the device regardless of lighting conditions.
The Toughpad A1 offers a stylus and active digitizer, enabling flexible data entry in the field, as well as signature capture and handwriting recognition functionalities–ideal for sales, customer service and mobile point-of-service environments. Other features include integrated cameras, a serviceable battery, multiple options for peripheral connectivity and battery life that will accommodate a full day of work.
The new Toughpad family is designed to meet many of the same durability standards as Panasonic’s Toughbook PC product line. The devices have MIL-STD-810G ratings for drops as well as ingress protection ratings for resistance to dust and water. The Toughpad A1 is also rated for use in a wide range of temperatures. This elevated level of durability results in tablets that deliver reliability in almost any environment, assuring maximum mobile worker productivity.
The Toughpad A1 offers optional 4G (LTE or WiMAX) mobile broadband as well as Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and satellite GPS.
Panasonic Toughpad A1: Select Features and Specifications
Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
Marvell 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
MicroSD optional up to 32GB
500 nit, daylight readable, 10.1″ XGA (4:3), capacitive multi-touch with anti-reflective and anti-glare treatment and built in ambient light sensor
10 hours (serviceable battery)
2.13lbs (without pen)
14F to 122F (operational)
Micro-USB, microSDHC, micro HDMI
5MP rear, 2MP front
4G (LTE or WiMAX), 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, Satellite GPS
Hardware-level security, FIPS 140-X and HIPPA compliant, cable lock slot
10.5 x 8.3 x 0.67 in.
Pricing and Availability
The Toughpad A1 will be available in the Spring of 2012 starting at $1299. The Toughpad B1 will be released later in 2012, with more details coming closer to availability. Both devices can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers.
Sales inquiries for Panasonic’s Toughpad family of Android-powered tablets should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-803-8492.
The Toughpad family comes standard with the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty.
Panasonic will offer a full set of professional-grade accessories to support the Toughpad line, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards, magnetic stripe readers, Smart Card Readers and multi-unit storage and charging solutions.
More information on the Toughpad tablets can be found at http://www.PanasonicToughpad.com
Images of the Toughpad can be found on the brand’s Flickr page; various Toughpad videos can be found on the brand’s YouTube page and an article discussing enterprise tablet computer deployment considerations can be found on the brand’s blog – Toughbloggers.com.
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3. s.mrabet posted on 08 Nov 2011, 06:32 3 0
This is the best solution for construction workers etc... A normal Tablet would break the first day.
8. mctcm posted on 08 Nov 2011, 20:32 0 0
what could a construction worker possibly need a tablet for?
9. Gawain posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:42 0 0
The superintendent or quality control managers would have great use for maintaining daily reports, quality control test results, access to order take-offs for delivery of materials, recording topography for grading and logging other information that occurs throughout the day (that scratches the surface). Project owners require very tight reporting of activities, especially in areas of heavy civil projects. There's a lot more automation/high-tech productivity tools used in construction than many people think. It's not some "dumb" operator running a dozer or a blade. Often they're hooked to GPS to make precise adjustments for moving earth/materials, etc. Some of it is really neat.
12. Radioguy posted on 13 Dec 2011, 14:18 0 0
i guess you don't sell to that market then
4. remixfa posted on 08 Nov 2011, 06:36 2 0
thats pretty cool. Glad to see they didnt skimp on specs knowing that they are going to have a near lockdown on people that want/need a tablet in high danger areas.
5. DROIDX0430 posted on 08 Nov 2011, 07:30 0 1
At that price, it will be following in the steps of the HP Touchpad...Just a fact!! It has to be better and cheaper than Ipad2-to sell...Motorola, Samsung, RIM and HTC are all finding this out with there outrageous prices on tablets.
13. swh114 posted on 27 Feb 2012, 14:01 0 0
You obviously don't understand the market. The Toughpad is not a consumer device. It is made for Enterprise environments. It's the same reason that Businesses pay $900-1000+ for an enterprise grade laptop instead of the $500 consumer grade devices at BestBuy. Outside of Financial services, ipads are struggling to make it into the enterprise because of security and manageability...and forget about taking it outside. You can't see the display, even when it's cloudy and at 86 degrees and sunny, the ipad/iphone shuts down b/c of heat.
If you're a soldier, a building inspector, or a Coke delivery driver, what good is a $600 ipad or $400 GalaxyTab if you can't use/see it outdoors or in your vehicle. Also note that a $600 ipad becomes a $1200 ipad very quickly once you drop it, even if you have an otterbox. Look for the airlines to replace their ipads with something like this that the pilot will actually be able to see and not worry about breaking.
6. jdrevolution posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:05 1 0
Well people also have to consider that the ones who work around these tough enviorments are usually willing to pay more for something that will last longer then something that they have to buy three or four of because it just can't stand the enviorment.
In the end, they'd pay the same for the replacements that they would for just one rugged device.
And there are some companies that buy higher priced rugged devices in bulk. One device I can think of in specific was the ES400S by Sprint. A lot of EMT's ended up buying that because their work paid for it and required it (And that phone is $549.99 after discounts...)
10. Radioguy posted on 13 Dec 2011, 14:13 0 0
Real simple drop an iPad or any other consumer tablet from 4-6 feet and see if it still works better yet throw it across a room. A credit card will be need to purchase a replacement.
11. Radioguy posted on 13 Dec 2011, 14:17 0 0
Also keep in mind that non Android platform tablets will not do flash which means many of the software for Public Safety will not work on them. I haven't tried their band aid for flash so i can't comment on whether it works or not. The Toughpad was designed for field use and as a fully ruggedized tablet it will survive in the field.
Other will follow Panasonic but like with Toughbooks they are still the leader