Panasonic Reveals Toughpad A1 And B1 Android Tablets: Pricey, But Rugged

More Android tablets? Yeah, we're thinking the same thing. But these truly are different, and in more ways than one. Panasonic's legendary Toughbook line is bleeding over to tablets this week, with the Toughpad A1 and B1 being labeled as the world's most reliable 10" and 7" tablets. The Toughpad A1 offers a stylus and active digitizer, enabling flexible data entry in the field, aswell as signature capture and handwriting recognition functionalities - ideal for sales, customers ervice and mobile point-of-service environments. Other features include integrated cameras, a serviceable battery, multiple options for peripheral connectivity and battery life that willaccommodate 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.

Specs wise, you'll looking at optional 4G, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS, Android 3.2, a Marvell 1.2GHz processor, 16GB of storage and up to 32GB of RAM. If you were hoping for a deal, tough! The A1 will ship in the Spring of 2012 for $1299+, while the B1 will come later with a price that's TBD.