Plenty of people treat their favorite tech gadgets with kid gloves, but just in case like to give your tech a little abuse, Panasonic announced Tuesday that it is expanding its Toughbook line into the tablet market.
The Toughpad (not to be confused with HP’s now-defunct TouchPad) will be marketed at business and government customers, the company said. Panasonic will first introduce a 10-inch Toughpad, with a 7-inch model to follow later. The tablet will run a version of Google’s Android operating system. It will have a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, an optional stylus and will weigh 2.1 pounds. The tablet will also have rear- and front-facing cameras, and ports for HDMI, micro-USB and microSDHC.
Panasonic will begin selling the tablet in 2012; the 10-inch model will cost $1,299.
Is the Toughpad going to be on the average wish list for consumers? Almost certainly not. Expensive, heavy and much less entertainment-focused than other tablets, it’s clearly not aimed at the consumer market. But as CNet’s Stephen Shankland points out, this may be a good trend in consumer electronics, in that “durability becomes a selling point.”