BizPad: Panasonic Announces Android Tablets Targeted At Businesses

Panasonic Japan has announced [JP] two Android tablets for the domestic market yesterday, the so-called BizPad JT-580VT (with a 7-inch LCD screen) and the JT-581VT (with a 10.1-inch LCD). Both devices run on Android 3.2 and are specifically targeted at businesses (hence the name).

What the tablets also have in common is that they are shock-, dust-, and water-proof. For example, Panasonic says the big model can absorb drops from a height of 80cm, while the smaller one can even handle 120cm.

Both devices also have an NFC reader, a replaceable battery, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a USB port, GPS, a microSD slot, a ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU, 1GB memory, 16GB flash, and infrared.

The 7-inch model (pictured above) features a 1,024×600 resolution screen, 3G as an option, a 5MP camera, and IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. It weighs 400g and will go on sale in December.

The 10-inch BizPad (pictured above) comes with a 1,280×800 resolution screen, a 1.3MP camera, and IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. This model weighs 700g and will go on sale in Japan in January 2012.

Panasonic has yet to announce prices and possible plans to sell the BizPads outside Japan.