Whether you just wanna stay in touch with your folks while on that Afghanistan mission, check your email after the lunch on a construction site or post statuses about the perks of working your tail off on an oil platform, Panasonic has you covered with this rugged tablet which has obviously taken clues from their brand of durable notebooks.

They sure call it the Toughbook for a reason: The rigid, strong device is designed to operate smoothly and reliably in extreme conditions. Featuring front and back cameras, the Toughbook has a 10.1-inch high-brightness display which is easily readable under direct sunlight thanks to a special matte coating. That’s not all…

The gizmo also includes a stylus, just in case a bullet chops off your finger during the Afghan mission. It also packs in 802.11n wireless and 3G connectivity, in addition to built-in GPS. They will also sell a model with a 4G-capable modem. Other features include a notification light, a button to switch user profiles, added security features and more. We couldn’t figure out whether they plan to ship it with Android Honeycomb 3.1, but we certainly hope so due to Honeycomb’s robustness and compatibility with various USB devices. Panasonic released little information at press time, only saying it would bring the Toughbook to market in the fourth quarter of this year. They will show off the tablet at the InfoComm conference in Orlando, Florida this week.

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