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Panasonic Upgrades ToughBook C1

Panasonic has revamped its Toughbook C1 convertible tablet PC with some major spec upgrades, which enables the device to be 30 percent faster than its predecessor and t will sport a 320GB hard drive for the base model, boasting up to a dozen hours of battery life, 2GB RAM that can be expanded to four times the amount, an Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor (2.50GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz), and up to 30% faster boot up time compared to its predecessor. Panasonic says you can expect twelve hours from a pair of hot-swappable batteries or six hours with one and it’ll now start at $2,599 instead of $2,499 when the new model rolls out next month…………..

 

Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises announced upgrades to the Panasonic Toughbook C1, currently the world’s lightest 12.1-inch convertible tablet PC. The new version comes equipped with a 320GB base hard drive, up to 12 hours of battery life, 2GB RAM (expandable to 8GB) and an increased Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor (2.50GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz). In addition, the Toughbook C1‘s start-up time is approximately 30 percent faster1 compared to the previous model. The Toughbook C1 convertible tablet form factor is ideal for road warriors and mobile workers in a variety of environments including healthcare, education and field sales. The upgraded Toughbook C1 maintains its embedded wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth v2.1 and optional Qualcomm Gobi2000 3G mobile broadband technology. The device is certified on the AT&T and other major 3G networks, allowing workers to stay connected virtually all of the time. Additionally, the Toughbook C1 has Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, offering improved connectivity options for mobile workers.

 

At 3.28 lbs, the lightweight Toughbook C1 with the triple-hinge design is created for a highly mobile workforce. The laptop is able to withstand drops from approximately 30-inch and comes with a battery life of twelve hours (with optional second battery) – enabled by a hot-swappable twin battery design. The ‘hand-free’ ergonomic “strap and dome” cradle is designed for customer comfort and long-term use. The Toughbook C1 also has a spill-resistant keyboard, which protects against liquid spills of about 6 ounces. The device’s 12.1-inch widescreen WXGA 1280 x 800 display is available with a choice of multi touch and digitizer screen or gloved multi touch screen and an anti-glare screen treatment. “The Toughbook C1 is often the convertible tablet of choice for our customers with highly mobile workforces, such as doctors, visiting nurses, sales teams and road warriors,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. “When upgrading the device, we made sure to improve the features that are crucial in helping our end users perform their jobs more efficiently. This includes incorporating a faster processor, larger hard drive and longer battery life into a hardened, business-rugged device that offers unmatched reliability and provides the highest ROI.” In the United States, the upgraded Toughbook C1 is expected to be available in July 2011 from authorized Panasonic reseller starting at an estimated street price of $2,599.

 

Upgraded Features:

  • Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5-2520M vPro Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz)
  • 320GB 7200rpm shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive with quick-release
  • RAM (varies by model)
    • Multi touch + digitizer: 4GB RAM (DDR3-1333MHz), expandable to 8GB
    • Gloved multi-touch: 2GB RAM (DDR3-1333MHz), expandable to 6GB
  • Hot-swappable twin battery design
    • 6 hour battery life (12 hour with optional second battery)
    • 3.28 lbs (3.73 lbs with optional second battery)
  • Interfaces
    • SDXC card slot
  • Embedded Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi , Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Optional Integrated Features:
    • 1.3MP webcam
    • 128 solid state drive (SSD)

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