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Panasonic upgrade its ToughBook C1 with faster CPU
Launched last year in Japan the ToughBook C1 or Let’s Note CF-C1 multitouch screen convertible notebook has been announced in the USA with an improved CPU and enhanced battery life. Panasonic swap the good old first gen Core i5-520M vPRO CPU for a more powerful and power efficient Sandy Bridge Core i5-2520M vPro at 2.5GHz and up to 3.2GHz in Turbo Boost II Mode, as well as featuring a larger 7200rpm HDD of 320GB or optional 128GB SSD instead of the previous 250GB one and with finally an improved battery life of 12h maximum thanks to a pair of hot-swappable batteries giving 6h of juice each.
The upgraded Toughbook C1 maintains its embedded wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth® v2.1 and optional Qualcomm’s Gobi™2000 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” 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” 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.”
Panasonic Toughbook® C1: Key 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)
SDXC card slot
Wi-Fi , Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n
Optional Integrated Features:
128 solid state drive (SSD)
1 Based on Panasonic testing, results may vary. With HDD, Quick Boot Manager and factory operating system image.
Pricing and Availability
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.
The Toughbook C1 includes a full three-year limited warranty, parts and labor, providing coverage wherever the unit may be deployed.