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Panasonic revealed an updated Toughbook CF-C1 Convertible Tablet PC

The new device will reportedly ship with an all new Sandy Bridge Core i5 CPU

If you are one of those business people often on-the-move, who would not mind taking advantage of both rugged and very light 12.1-inch convertible Tablet PC, then you might want to check the new Panasonic Toughbook C1.

Targeted towards professionals working in the public, defense or maintenance sectors, this new device delivers a high-performance CPU, integrated graphics, a fan-less design and is capable of withstanding up to a 30-feet drop, without interrupting its running operations.


The Japanese PC manufacturer chose to equip its latest Tablet PC with a 12.1-inch LED-backlit Anti-Glare widescreen display that has a native resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels. The gloved resistive multi-touch enabled panel comes with a digitizer (pen) and an integrated Intel QM57 video controller (Intel HD 3000).

This updated version is powered by a Dual-Core second generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5-2520M (vPro Technology) central processing unit with a core frequency of 2.5GHz and 3MB of Level 3 cache. The chip is ranked 31 in our CPU Benchmark List.

In addition, the latest Toughbook C1 will reportedly house 4GB of internal memory and will feature 320GB standard storage capacity in form of a rotating hard drive (HDD, shock-mounted flex-connect with quick-release).


Built-in Wireless LAN 802.11 n, Bluetooth and an optional 3G (Gobi-based) modules will make sure you stay connected. Furthermore, users can benefit from three USB ports, an HDMI interface, a memory card reader slot, docking connectors and jacks for headphones/microphone.

An integrated 1.3MP front web camera will supposedly take care of your video conferencing needs.

Other specs, pricing and availability

Reportedly, the new Toughbook convertible Tablet PC will ship with a pre-installed copy of Microsoft’s Windows 7 Professional operating system. Weight starts at 1.49kg (1.69kg with the two hot-swappable batteries installed) and the device should run for about 12 hours on a single charge thanks to the aforementioned two Lithium-ion batteries. Integrated spill-resistant physical keyboard with 83 keys and an electrostatic touchpad with circular scrolling are also provided.

Security features presumably include an optional fingerprint reader, Intel’s Anti-Theft Technology and a TPM chip. According to Notebook Italia, Panasonic’s updated C1 will become available at some point in July of this year and will sell for approximately €1,899 ($2,733/£1,696).


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Ivan Zhekov, 2011-06-23 (Update: 2012-05-26)