Fujitsu’s Waterproof, Ruggedized Tough Tablet Could be Coming to the USA
I’ve always believed there is a market for ruggedized tech. This stands true especially for mobile technology, as anyone that has ever dropped their phone or tablet has ever unfortunately discovered. Thankfully, it’s looking like the day when more of it being available isn’t too far off. Enter the Fujitsu Arrows Tab F-01D (that is begging for a better name), it’s an Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet packing the specs below.
- 10.1 inch display (no word yet on whether its IPS, or any of the other leading alternatives)
- 1 GHz TI OMAP4430 dual core processor
- 1280 x 800 pixel display
- Running the latest version of Android 3.2 Honeycomb
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage.
Sure those specs are nice, but that’s really not what we’re interested in. Beers spillage, gaming at the campfire in the rain, hot tub movie watching, and baby leakage all come to mind as reasons why this tablet will appeal to a larger audience.
Thanks to its design, its built to withstand water, and is even said to be waterproof/water-resistant, but we haven’t heard anything in the way of public confirmation as of this posting. We’ve contacted Fujitsu, and will update you with the official specs as soon as we get a response, if we get one at all.
But seriously, it’s designed to be waterproof, and to be able to withstand the occasional drop or two, thanks to its rugged design. This makes us very happy and worry-free.
Fujitsu, much like Panasonic and even Motorola, has been making rugged technology for decades. While for the the most part their business in this domain has targeted niche markets like military, industrial and medical clientele, it appears that they are hoping to bring a consumer oriented tough tablet to market in the near future.
It’s just arrived at the gates of the FCC, where they are performing there usual battery of tests to make sure your head wont explode when you use it. Furthermore, the Arrows Tab has a decent set of dimensions, with a 10.3″ x 7.1″ x 0.5″ form factor that weighs just 1.3 pounds. Not bad, and a small “weight” tax to pay, if you’re as clumsy as this humble writer.
Still, don’t expect it to be cheap. If history is any indication, this particular tablet will be priced somewhere north of $700, but we will still have to wait for official confirmation, or for Amazon to strong arm them into making a lower price for it. When, oh when will manufacturers realize that people are only willing to pay $400 max? Except for the iPad of course.
Will it Come to the US/Canada? Or Europe?
Fujitsu has only announced that the tablet will go on sale in Japan, but we live in a connected world, people. Guaranteed you’ll be able to get this on Ebay for a hefty premium, and that their will be independent sellers who’ll be keen to get it on sale outside of Japan. What’s more is that any and all products with wireless functionality have to go through the FCC before they go on sale in the US, so it appears likely (but not guaranteed) that it will in fact go on sale Stateside, hopefully sooner rather than later. We’re hearing whispers that it could come sometime before Christmas.
Do you think there is a market for tough-tech? Ever dropped your phone or tablet?