The Toughbook C1's start-up time is approximately 30 percent faster compared to the previous model.
Panasonic Solutions Company, a provider of collaboration,
information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and
commercial enterprises, announced upgrades to the Toughbook C1, a
lightweight 12.1-inch convertible tablet notebook. 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 faster compared to the previous model. The company said 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's Gobi2000 3G mobile broadband technology.
The device is certified on the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless
3G networks, and the tablet also 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 mobile workforce that requires
durability and portability. 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 and includes a full three-year
limited warranty, parts and labor, providing coverage wherever the unit
may be deployed.
The notebook is able to withstand drops from approximately 30 inches
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 for 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."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.