Panasonic are readying their own Atom-based UMPC, although the device will bear little resemblance to the slick, compact handhelds we're used to. Fitting into the company's ToughBook range, the as-yet unnamed ultraportable will be a touchscreen-based ruggedized tablet, using rubber covers and a protective casing to keep the UMPC functional in extreme conditions.
The first revision of Panasonic ToughBook 19 rugged tablet PC uses Core Duo processor (U2400) that runs at 1.06Ghz. Panasonic has given the ToughBook 19 upgrades and now Core 2 Duo (U7500) powers it. Although the new CPU still runs at 1.06Ghz, it has a newer architecture that made the system more energy efficient and faster.
If rugged, hard-wearing portable computing is your interest, Panasonic's range of Toughbook notebooks probably has your admiration. Their 7 Series models, announced today, continue the tradition of drop, spill, compression and electrostatic resistant chassis with updated hardware: now you can take a 1.60GHz Intel Core 2 Duo powered machine and be comfortable dropping it 2.5 feet onto the floor.
Panasonic's line of Toughbooks is meant to be taken anywhere and stand up to the most difficult of conditions. But why have a laptop that can go anywhere when you can't connect to the rest of the world? Panasonic understands that concern and has teamed up with Verizon Wireless for the solution.
Panasonic is well-known for their Toughbook line of laptops. I know I've used (and repaired) several of them in my day, and I've always been impressed by their performance and durability. Now they're introducing the new CF-08 tablet to their line.
Panasonic just announced that the business-rugged Toughbook W5 and T5 notebooks will now feature built-in support for Sprint Mobile Broadband services, including its upgraded EV-DO Revision A service where available. These will be the first business-rugged laptops with embedded EV DO Rev. A capabilities. With this certification, Panasonic now offers the broadest range of Sprint-enabled reliable PCs for all mobile environments, from extreme to mainstream, including rugged, semi-rugged and business rugged mobile computers.
With Rev. A enhancements, users can anticipate average download speeds of 450 to 800 kbps and upload speeds of 300 to 400 kbps. The notebooks will also operate on the Sprint Power Vision Network where the EV-DO Revision A upgrade is not yet available.
Panasonic’s flagship Toughbooks has recently released two new models now equipped with Core Duo processors. The CF-19 is a convertible Tablet PC and the CF-30 is a regular clamshell notebook. Both models feature record-breaking brightness with 550 nits in the CF-19 and 1,000 nits in the CF-30. Both are also encased with a magnesium alloy body, sealed keyboard and ports, and shock-mounted screen and hard drive.