Everyone is jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon this week -- most especially Microsoft's OEM partners, which are busy trying to roll out brand-new devices ready for the latest version of the operating system.
Panasonic is getting in the game with a tablet of its own, but this one definitely means business.
Based on Windows 8 Pro, the Toughbook C2 is a rugged semi-convertible tablet PC intended for mobile workers and the IT departments supporting them.
With a magnesium alloy chassis and a shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive, among other sturdy design notes, it might seem like this tablet would be advertised to employees in the military and similar field-based operations.
But Panasonic is really targeting this more towards healthcare, education and field sales, explaining that the Toughbook C2's 11-hour battery life is intended to last a full work shift. Furthermore, the Toughbook's "fanless design means no air is drawn in or out of the device, minimizing the spread of airborne pathogens."
Here's a glance at the spec sheet:
- Intel Core i5-3427U vProTM (3MB cache, up to 2.8 GHz) with Intel Turbo Boost
- 12.5-inch, 5-point capacitive multi-touch and daylight-readable HD display (Includes anti-reflective/anti-glare treatments, and IPS)
- 720p HD webcam with built-in microphone
- Optional 3-megapixel rear facing camera
- Digitizer for note-taking and signature capture with an electronic pen
- Triple hinge design for more durable support when rotating the screen to tablet mode
- Bridge battery support (Allows the main battery to be swapped without powering down the device)
- Ergonomic Y-shaped hand strap for carrying in both landscape and portrait modes
- Spill-resistant keyboard (up to six ounces)
- Can handle up to a 30-inch drop to six sides, as well as a 12-inch drop from 26 angles
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Optional 4G LTE or 3G Gobi mobile broadband
- Connectivity: VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0; Optional: NFC, SmartCard reader
- Weight: 3.99 pounds
The Panasonic Toughbook C2 will be available this December with a starting price tag of $2,949, which includes a 3-year limited warranty.
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