The success of the iPad sparked the creation of different tablets manufactured by various companies other than Apple, including the Galaxy Tab by Samsung, TouchPad by HP and Xoom by Motorola.
With the iPad 3’s launch quickly approaching, other electronics companies are hard at work trying to discover a niche in the tablet market that would allow them to stand toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPad.
Some companies have chosen to go the compact route, such as Amazon with its Kindle Fire tab.
Panasonic seems to be moving in a completely different direction.
The company has announced the addition of two new TouchPad tablets to its lineup that includes both a 7-inch and a 10-inch model.
The ToughPad seems to be considered special due to its ability to withstand physical abuse outdoors. The tablet specifically made to weather the elements, whereas iPads, along with most of Apple’s products, cannot withstand much physical damage.
Other features on the ToughPad include a 1.2 GHz processor, LTE connection capabilities, 16-32 GB of internal memory, 1 GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear shooter and a 2 megapixel front camera.
The ToughPad will be the most expensive tablet to hit the market with the 10-inch version starting at $1300.
The price for the 7-inch version has not been released, however both models should drop in the spring of next year.
Technology Website 9to5Google commented on the durability of this new product: “Looks like we have to wait awhile, but it might totally be worth it for some awesome drop tests,” wrote 9to5 Google.
The iPad 3 is also expected to be released sometime in 2012 and will include a new display with a higher resolution than previous models.