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Panasonic updates the Toughbook CF-31 and CF-53 rugged laptops

The two notebooks now offer enhanced productivity, battery life and connectivity options

The Osaka-headquartered electronics company, Panasonic has just unveiled updated versions of the rugged Toughbook CF-31 and CF-53 portable computers. According to the manufacturer, both laptops are now up for order and have starting prices of €3,699 ($4,645) and €1,544 ($1,940), respectively.

Panasonic claims its market leading semi-rugged notebook, the Toughbook CF-53, will offer field workers “enhanced performance and flexibility”. The device is now driven by a third generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i5-3320M vPro central processing unit that packs two physical cores clocked at 2.6GHz (goes up to 3.3GHz via Turbo Boost) and the integrated Intel HD 4000 video card. Furthermore, the laptop will be available in three different models: Standard (with a 14.0-inch HD display), Touchscreen (up to 1.000nit high brightness, sunlight viewable, resistive touchscreen panel) and Automotive (for automotive research/development and workshop environments; comes outfitted with a 14-inch HD display, optimized ports and double PC card slot).   

According to a company press release, the Toughbook 53 will be equipped with low voltage DDR3L internal memory, a 500GB hard drive (up from 320GB) and an additional 128GB-512GB SSD (optional). Other features include optional GPS or RFID modules, Firewire, Modem, built-in DVD Burner, a 1.3MP web camera for video calls and a 6300mAh battery pack that has autonomy of up to 11 hours on a single charge.

Panasonic’s flagship, fully rugged Toughbook CF-31 notebook is reportedly designed to function even in the most extreme mobile computing environments. It is compliant with the IP65 and MIL-STD-810G military standards for toughness (shock, drops, water, dust resistant), and will come in two different models: Standard and Performance. Apparently, the latter will be powered by an Ivy Bridge, Dual-Core Intel Core i5-3360M processor operating at a frequency of 2.8GHz – 3.5GHz and a discrete AMD Radeon HD 7750M GPU, while the Standard offers an Intel Core i5-3320M vPro chip and integrated graphics.

Moreover, the CF-31 has a flouting mounted, 13.1-inch wide touchscreen display with circular polarizer (Panasonic’s Circular Polarizing technology presumably delivers 1,200 cd/m² high brightness and low reflection ratio) of XGA native resolution. This laptop also features 3G (HSPA+, 21MBit/s DL) radio, built-in web camera, GPS receiver and a 8550mAh battery that is good for up to 14.5 hours of usage (the Standard model comes with an optional secondary battery that users can supposedly attach by utilizing the multimedia bay, thus extending the battery life of the device by up to 6.5 hours).

The Toughbook 53 and 31 units come stacked with Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 adapters, USB 3.0 connectivity, HDMI interface, Express Card slot and are available with an integrated carrying handle.

Hit the PR after the break for more info.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-31
Panasonic Toughbook CF-31
Panasonic Toughbook CF-31
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-07- 5 (Update: 2012-07- 5)