Panasonic Toughpad Android tablets, harder than the iPad

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Earlier today we brought you news of Apple’s plans to add an LED backlight to their next generation iPad, the iPad 3. Their current offering, the iPad 2 still holds the dominant share in the tablet market despite it being reduced recently, but as time goes on other manufacturers are developing tablets to match Apple’s standards and in some cases better them.

Take Panasonic for example and their newly launched range of Toughpad Android tablets, which are harder than Apple’s iPad and are so rugged that they would certainly win in a physical fight between the two. This is because they are designed to withstand a lot of abuse much like the company’s Toughbook notebook family.

The company first revealed the Android-powered devices on Monday, which come in both a 10” and 7” option, and from what we know so far they seem pretty impressive despite lacking a little attractiveness. The 10” Toughpad A1 is the first model and is packing GPS, optional WiMAX or LTE connectivity, 16GB storage and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

When it comes to the toughness of these devices, they are in a league of their own. According to BGR the 10” displays are both anti-glare and anti-reflective. Not only that, but the devices are dust and water resistant, can withstand a fall of up to 4ft, work in all kinds of temperatures and have a battery life of up to 10 hours. They can be purchased for $1,299 and start going on sale in spring next year. The 7” Toughpad B1 is expected to be released a little later in the year than the Toughpad A1. Check out BGR for the full press release.

What do you think of these new tablets from Panasonic? Could they be the next iPad beaters?

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