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Panasonic introduces Let's Note SX and NX notebooks

The 12.1inch notebooks each pack standard-voltage Core i5 mobile CPUs with USB 3.0 ports, SSDs and even an optical drive with up to 16-17 hours of battery life

Japanese corporation Panasonic has just unveiled two new notebooks in its Let’s Note lineup, more popularly known in the U.S. as the sturdy Toughbook series.

The first new entry is the Toughbook SX1, which includes a standard voltage Core i5-2540M or Core i5-2450M CPU, 4GB RAM, DVD drive and a high 1600x900 resolution display. The 12.1-inch unit can also be outfitted with either an HDD or SSD with 4G connectivity options, depending on the configuration. Otherwise, the notebook comes standard with 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port, multi-card reader, RJ-45 and an HD webcam capable of 720p recording.

All in all, the SX1 is expected to provide up to 17 hours of continuous use depending on activity and if using a standard or smaller battery pack. Although not exactly Ultrabook thin, its thickness of 25.4mm (1 inch) is still nothing to scoff at.

The next Toughbook is the NX1, which offers much the same options as the SX1 but without an optical drive or SSD options. Otherwise, everything from the size to its physical connectivity options appears to be similar between both notebooks.

No word yet on when (or if) these latest Panasonic Toughbooks would hit the western market, but the source hints at a February 24th launch in Japan. The SX1 and NX1 will launch for the equivalent of $2426 USD and $2361 USD, respectively. Toughbooks have never been necessarily cheap in terms of price, but they can pack quite a punch in terms of horsepower, features and especially build quality.


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Allen Ngo, 2012-01-27 (Update: 2012-05-26)