Panasonic announced upgrades to the Panasonic Toughbook C1, currently the world’s lightest 12.1” convertible tablet PC. 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 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 Gobi™2000 3G mobile broadband technology. The device is certified on the AT&T, Sprint 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.
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.