Panasonic unveils a 7-inch Toughpad tablet with Android 4.0 ICS

January 9, 2013
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Panasonic has announced some details in regards to a 7-inch tablet here at CES. The tablet is in the Toughpad line and given that, it will arrive with features to include a MIL-STD-810G certification against drops, fluid and temperature. In addition to the rugged design, the tablet will also feature a daylight readable display.

That being said, lets discuss some of the basic features. To begin with, this Toughpad is the JT-B1 and it will arrive running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The display will be 7-inches with a resolution of 1024 x 600. Other hardware specs include a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP4460 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot.

Panasonic has added a 5720 mAh battery that is said to be able to offer up to 8 hours of run time. Other goodies include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as an option to add 4G LTE or 3G connectivity. The tablet will also have USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet, a true serial port and GPS as well as a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and 13 megapixel rear-facing camera.

The Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1 will be available beginning in February and it will arrive priced at $1,199. And for those thinking that price sounds a bit high, keep in mind that this is not your basic Android tablet -- this is one aimed towards business. Or more specifically, those who need to get business done while out and about in situations where a regular non-ruggedized tablet may not be ideal.


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