Panasonic Toughbook C1 convertible tablet gets major spec boost

Summary: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.

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. Designed with the virtual workforce in mind (especially those "road warriors"), the latest version of the 12.1-inch Toughbook C1 now sports an Intel Core i5-2520M vPro 2.50GHz processor (with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz), a 320GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB), and a staggering maximum battery life of up to 12 hours (when using an optional second battery).

Most of the other specs on this notebook remain the same. Here's a glance:

  • 12.1-inch widescreen WXGA multi-touch display (Optional anti-glare treatments)
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon (optional)
  • Optional 128GB SSD
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam
  • SDXC card slot

Obviously (based on the name), the purpose behind this machine is to withstand rugged conditions while working. At only a maximum of 3.73 pounds and the aforementioned battery life, it can be toted almost anywhere. The Toughbook C1 is also ready to withstand drops from up to 30-inches high and some liquids with the spill-resistant keyboard. Other design notes for making this Toughbook as tough as possible include the triple-hinge design and a hands-free ergonomic "strap and dome" cradle.

The new Toughbook C1 is will roll out in July with a starting price of $2,599. For a closer look at Panasonic's upcoming Toughbook, check out the promo video below:

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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