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Panasonic outs the Toughbook CF-AX2 rugged Ultrabook

The 11.6-inch thin and light laptop packs an ULV Ivy Bridge chip, SSD storage and a Gobi 3000 module

Panasonic has apparently launched the “world's lightest business rugged, convertible Ultrabook” with a 360-degree Flip-Over hinge design that allows the device to also be used as a tablet. Called Toughbook CF-AX2, the new ultraportable computer is aimed at business professionals on-the-move and runs on a Microsoft Windows 8 Pro operating system. According to the manufacturer, the device will be available in Europe from January 2013 with a starting price of about £1,597.

The Toughbook AX Series Ultrabook, which was first unveiled in Japan as part of the 2012 CEATEC trade show in October of this year, has a thickness of 18mm (0.71”) and comes equipped with an 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch (10 fingers) widescreen display. Reportedly, the convertible notebook is powered by a third generation, ultra-low voltage Intel Core i5-3427U vPro central processing unit with two cores operating at a base frequency of 1.8GHz (up to 2.8GHz via Turbo Boost 2.0) and the Intel HD 4000 graphics controller.

Other specs include 4GB of internal RAM, a 128GB Solid-State Drive, optional contact smartcard slot, Intel’s Anti-Theft Technology and Computrace software for enhanced security. Connectivity-wise, Panasonic’s latest convertible, business laptop features a Gobi 3000 3G adapter, Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 modules, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI interface, an SDXC card reader and a VGA output.

The rugged Toughbook CF-AX2 system weighs 1.15kg and sports a built-in hot swappable battery that lasts for around 8 hours on a single charge.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-12-13 (Update: 2012-12-13)