Panasonic unleashes Toughbook U1 as 'most rugged' mobile PC of them all

Panasonic has turned up the heat with the launch of the Toughbook U1, which is apparently the baddest and toughest of all the mobile PCs in the Toughbook collection to date.

Panasonic has turned up the heat with the launch of the Toughbook U1, which is apparently the baddest and toughest of all the mobile PCs in the Toughbook collection to date.

Encased in a polycarbonate, magnesium alloy chassis, this all-weather certified handheld computer can handle drops from up to six feet.

One of the highlights on the Toughbook U1 is the 5.6-inch WSVGA, LED-backlit display with a sunlight-viewable touchscreen. Boasting up to 6,000 nits of viewability plus some anti-glare and anti-reflective treatment, this Toughbook can be brought anywhere it's extra bright, from sand to snow.

Here's what else is packed inside of the rugged Toughbook U1:

  • Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor
  • Windows 7 (XP downgrade option)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 64GB SSD
  • WWAN / Gobi2000 3G (optional)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
  • GPS
  • 2.0-megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED lights
  • 1D and 2D barcode reader
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Numeric large-button keypad
  • Battery life: Up to 9 hours
  • Dimensions: 2.2"- x 7.2- x 5.9-inches
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds (with batteries and strap)

The Toughbook U1 Essential runs for $1,899, while the Toughbook U1 Ultra version will cost buyers a hefty $2,799. Both are available in the United States now.

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