Panasonic reveal new line of Toughbooks

These computers are designed to withstand dust, liquid and being dropped

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Panasonic reveal new line of Toughbooks Panasonic's new rugged CF-H1 is designed for mobile and healthcare workers and can withstand a six foot drop.
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By Staff Writer Published  November 2, 2010

Panasonic is launching a new range of tough and rugged ultra mobile PCs in the Middle East.

The new range includes a mobile convertible tablet PC the CF-C1; an ultra-rugged mobile PC CF-31; an upgraded version of Panasonic's original tough tablet, the CF-U1, and a handheld rugged tablet device the H1, which is available in a Health version for medical professionals, and a Field version for field operatives.

The new line up makes use of Panasonic's Transflective Plus technology to sense light levels and improve the reflection of sunlight from the display screen, enhancing screen clarity and power efficiency, and have also been engineered to endure drops of up to 12 inches from any angle, and to withstand liquid spills on the keyboard of about 200 cc.

Panasonic says that it has high demand for its industry-specific and durable toughbooks in the region, across a range of sectors.

 "The PC today has evolved into a critical decision-support business tool, and our new range of PCs are industry friendly PCs. These machines have been designed to suit today's tough out of office and field operations environment," said Masao Motoki, Director System Sales and Marketing Group, Panasonic Marketing Middle East.

"Superb build quality, ease of operation, strong, rugged, and highly portable, the new range of Panasonic Toughbooks are designed and optimised for use in any environment. Panasonic is committed to providing state-of-the-art products and total business solutions to the region, customers can look to Panasonic for better value, increased benefit, and dependable products and solutions," added Motoki.

The CF-31 fully-rugged notebook is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, with 1,100 nit touchscreen display, an ultra-bright XGA LCD touchscreen, discrete graphics from an optional ATI Radeon HD5650 card. The Toughbook CF-31 notebook also supports numerous security features, including options for an insertable SmartCard reader and fingerprint reader, using biometrics.

The PC CF-U1 is the second generation of Panasonic's rugged handheld tablet, with an enhanced features including Intel Atom Z530 1.6 GHz processor (up from 1.33Ghz), and the CF-U1 memory has been increased from 1GB to 2GB. Data capture is enabled using optional 1D and 2D barcode and RFID readers and a 2-megapixel digital camera. The Toughbook CF-U1 offers a 9-hour plus, hot swappable battery life and connectivity with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 3Gmobile- broadband internet connectivity,

The CF-H1 is a rugged device with models for healthcare and mobile workers. The PC is shock resistant, dust proof, and splash proof, and is capable of withstanding a six foot drop. The PC has an optional SmartCard, RFID, and barcode readers, camera, GPS and Qualcomm's new Gobi2000 mobile broadband technology. It also has a 500 nit, 10.4" dual-touch display that offers both tablet and touchscreen functionality. The display also includes a circular polarizer, plus anti-glare and anti-reflective screen treatments, making it easily viewable in direct sunlight. Weighing in at 3.4 lbs, this mobile computing platform features 2GB of RAM and a 64GB reinforced flex-connect solid state drive.

The CF-C1 has been designed to be a lightweight convertible tablet PC, retaining rugged features in a 12.1", 3.2lb form factor. The CF-C1 is powered Intel Core i5 vPro Processor, with a multi-touch and digitizer screen for finger and gesture computing and an electronic stylus, and is also the first rugged convertible to offer hot-swappable twin batteries for continuous use.

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