Last week we reported couple of upgraded Toughbook CF19 and CF-30 were spotted at Panasonic, Japanese site. Today, announcement of similar units are made available for US consumers. As reported, both models are now sharing an ultra high luminance 1000 nit LCDs (previously not available for CF-19), and have gotten better anti-glare and anti-reflective treatments, with circular polarization technology incorporated into the screen to improve outdoor usages, and many hardware updates that worth the wait.
Panasonic has updated its fully rugged series Toughbook CF-19 and CF-30 in Japan today, with extended battery life, increased onbroad memory and lower reflective screen costing to improve brightness. Both models now come standard with 2GB of memory, 160GB of storage space, and have the same screen brightness rating of 1000 nits, Wifi Link 5100AGN and Bluetooth feature.
Panasonic have officially announced the Toughbook CF-H1 Medical Tablet PC they demonstrated at the IDF in August. Fully ruggedized to military standard 810F, as well as being IP54 compliant, the CF-H1 has a magnesium alloy chassis and is capable of surviving a 3ft drop as well as rain, dust, spills and vibrations. Underneath lurks a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 1GB of RAM and an 80GB shock-mounted hard-drive. Primary input is via the 10.4-inch XGA resolution dual-touch LCD.
Full gallery & video demos of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-H1 after the cut
Panasonic announced a major update to their line of 8-Series Toughbooks today that is sure to please those on-the-go with a need for a laptop that can stand up to abuse. And now with the introduction of the F8 model, the "business-rugged" idea is being taken further with a lightweight 3G-ready option.
Intel briefly stoked some curiosity in the unnamed Tablet PC concept they showed at the end of the first IDF keynote, but most people assumed it was merely another sort of medical assistant device. That assumption seems to be true, as Intel's ultraportable surprise was somewhat spoilt by having a working prototype - confirming Panasonic as the manufacturer - elsewhere at IDF.
Panasonic's CF-U1 UMPC is neither cheap nor particularly attractive, but if you're looking for a rugged handheld with a 5.6-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard (not shown in the version pictured) and the ability to survive four-foot drops and a variety of unpleasant environments then you may just have found your ideal machine. UMPC Portal's Chippy has had some hands-on time with the U1 and the initial reports are very promising: smooth performance from the 1.33GHz Atom and "high efficiency build" of XP, "amazing" WiFi and Bluetooth, and the sort of hot-swappable battery options all notebooks should really have.
Panasonic's Toughbook range has always prioritised sturdy build above just about anything else, but in a welcome nod to processing power the company has announced that it will be upgrading the semi-rugged notebooks with Intel's new Centrino 2 processor. Both the Toughbook CF-52 and Toughbook CF-74 will feature the new processor, as well as getting improvements in video performance, storage and networking.
As expected, Panasonic have released spec details for its upcoming Toughbook UMPC, the CF-U1. Based around a daylight-viewable 5.6-inch touchscreen with LED backlight, the CF-U1's claim to fame is its ability to withstand a four-foot drop and to resist rain, spills, dust, and vibration. Grunt is courtesy of a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor (533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache), 1GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD (with 32GB an option).
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.