We have a video of new Panasonic ToughBooks! As we have promised, more videos to come from CTIA Wireless 2k6. Oh one more thing, that's our friend John from CrunchGear in the video.
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company and Cingular Wireless today introduced the Panasonic Toughbook CF-29, the first Toughbook targeted to public safety with Cingular's 3G BroadbandConnect service built-in. The two companies announced the availability of the rugged, wireless clamshell notebook today at the APCO 2006 show in Orlando.
The Toughbook 29 provides seamless, high-speed EDGE network coverage outside of those areas. In addition to public safety, the Toughbook 29 is ideal for military and commercial field environments.
It seems to be the week of laptop refreshes, with Panasonic having introduced its updated Toughbook 31 yesterday, and now Dell has done similar with its M3800 mobile workstation. This laptop promises to be the type of powerhouse workstation professionals and otherwise demanding users need while remaining relatively thin and light -- something not entirely common in a segment mostly composed of heavy brick-like machines. The M3800 update tacks some hardware improvements into place that meet modern needs, including a 4k-resolution display.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed on Friday that all 35,000 of the city's police officers were going to be issued smartphones as part of a $160 million technology initiative. While it wasn't officially stated, a glimpse at some of the devices, which also includes 6,000 tablets to be installed in police vehicles, seems to indicate that Windows will be operating system flavor.
The smartphone industry has become a rough playing field for once-top gadget makers, with Samsung and Apple's domination of the market having a trickle down effect that starves other smartphone manufacturers of the decent-to-high sales numbers they once saw. Such is the case with Panasonic, which has seen its smartphone sales stagger over the years and as a result will pull out of the consumer smartphone market.
We're getting ready to end a Tuesday that has produced some rather big news, so let's jump right into it, shall we? By far the biggest story of the day had to do with upcoming the Apple event. Apple started sending out invitations for the event today, using a picture that gives away what to expect at the event (spoiler alert: the iPhone 5 is coming). With an iPhone 5 reveal essentially confirmed, analysts are predicting success for the new handset, saying that it could potentially sell 10 million units this quarter. Not bad, provided the device actually hits those marks.
Panasonic's oddly named Eluga smartphone will be just one of at least two Android smartphones the company brings to Mobile World Congress it has confirmed, ahead of more ambitious consumer tablet plans in 2012. The company had never been shy about its European ambitions for the next three to four years - aiming for 1.5m sales in Europe this year alone - and there will be at least two devices to help carve out a place in the Android marketplace, Panasonic told Pocket-lint. However, details on the second phone are limited.
HP was painfully aware of the TouchPad's hardware shortcomings, insider sources have suggested, with ports of webOS running "over twice as fast" on Apple's iPad 2. While initial reviews - ours included - complained of occasional sluggishness from the TouchPad's 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, webOS engineers within HP were also supposedly vocal in their complaints about the hardware, The Next Web's tipster whispered to them.
The HP TouchPad will soon be getting a 4G version on AT&T's HSPA+ network. The 4G model just passed through the FCC today with documents showing all its proper 4G labels, indicating that it's on track for release sometime this month. A leaked roadmap in July had pushed HP to confirm the 4G TouchPad to arrive in August, but they also revealed some interesting spec boosts.