We took a quick look at the 10.1-inch Panasonic ToughPad A1, first unveiled in the US in November last year, at CommunicAsia 2012. The tablet will come with these key features:
The rugged tablet will be heftier at 0.97kg because of its MIL-STD-810G and IP65 rugged, water and dust-resistant design; the device comes with anti-shock properties up to 120cm (4 feet) and operate in extreme temperatures from -10 to 50 degree Celsius. For extra protection, the ToughPad A1 will feature embedded hardware security for FIPS 140-2 compliance.
Connectivity options include GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional LTE 4G mobile broadband. Mr. Amos Tio, General Manager, Toughbook Asia Group, cannot confirm at this moment whether the 4G frequency bands supported by the Panasonic ToughPad A1 will be compatible with the ones in Singapore but has mentioned that it will definitely support 3G networks.
While the ToughPad A1 in US will definitely have the support of Panasonic Business App Portal, "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", Mr. Tio cannot comment further on its availability on the ToughPad in Singapore as of now.
The ToughPad B1, a 7-inch variant of the A1 with a hand strap, announced in the US alongside the A1, will not be making its appearance in Singapore in September. Details on it are still scarce at the moment. Mr. Tio has mentioned that the focus for now is very much on the A1, so as to whether the B1 will make an appearance in Singapore at all is still up in the air. However, he does not dismiss the presence of Windows 8 platform on future ToughPad devices, citing it as a "possibility".
For more information on the product specifications, click here.