From Anand Parthasarathy in Singapore, June 21 2012:
Panasonic used the CommunicAsia event to launch its Android based tablet specially designed for harsh outdoor, mission-critical and military environments.
The Toughpad A1 has a MIL-STD-810G rating for 1.2 metre drops as well as an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water. The Toughpad FZ-A1 is also rated for use in extreme temperatures between -10 and +50 degrees Celsius. Panasonic says the ToughPad is “ water-proof, dust-proof and shock-proof - to military standards.”.
The 10.1 inch ( 1024 x 768 LCD) tablet weighs 0.97 kg and promises a 9-hour battery life. The other features are standard: 1GB RAM, 16 GB flash memory, 1 micro SDHC, for additional memory, Micro USB and micro HDMI with WiMAX, Bluetooth and 4G LTE connections. It comes with 2 megapixel webcam and 5 mp rear view cameras. It is fuelled by a Marvel 1.2 GZ dual core processor.
The ToughPad will be available by September. Expect to pay a little more than the dollar price of around $ 1600 – thatis, close to Rs 100,000 in India. Stiff for most of us who won't need the tough environment specs – but about par for a ruggedized mil spec computing device today. Fuller info here: