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Panasonic’s Toughbook tablet will go where no slate has gone before

Panasonic’s new tablet isn’t meant for dainty coffee shops. The company announced its Toughbook Android tablet today, which not surprisingly is equipped for more dangerous scenarios than the occasional latte spill.

True to the Toughbook name — Panasonic’s long-running line of rugged computers — the 10.1-inch tablet will be more durable than its competitors, making it well-suited for construction sites, military deployment and the like. It will also be tough when it comes to security — Panasonic says it has enterprise-level security built-in.

At first glance, it’s clear that Panasonic’s goal isn’t to have the thinnest and prettiest tablet on the block. Judging from the promotional images, it looks like the tablet is sporting a rubberized case, which helps guard against dust and spills while making it easier to hold. Panasonic also saw fit to include a matte screen, which reduces glare and makes it easier to use the tablet outdoors. It’ll also include a stylus so that you can capture signatures in the field.

Panasonic hasn’t revealed many other details about the tablet. We don’t know what version of Android it’s running (I assume Android 3.0), or if it will even include cameras (there may be a front-facing camera on the promo shot above). The company did say that the device includes satellite-assisted GPS and “full-shift” battery life (which I assume means around 8 hours).

The company will be showing off the tablet at its InfoComm booth in Orlando tomorrow, so expect more details to roll in then.

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