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Panasonic updates to Sandy Bridge with these latest notebooks

The consumer electronics maker shows off three notebooks for a release in Japan

Although the release of Sandy Bridge processors was announced only recently, computer companies have been quick to include the latest Intel offering in their newest line of PCs and laptops. Panasonic is no exception and introduced three laptops, the N10, S10 and B10, with Sandy Bridge processors in an announcement this Thursday. These notebooks are part of Panasonic’s Let’s Note line of laptops, better known as the Toughbook series in the United States. Similar to Lenovo Thinkpads, Toughbooks are constructed to withstand more physical stress and punishment, but at the same time are designed to be thin and lightweight.

The three Panasonic laptops will each receive a 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive running Windows 7. Where these laptops differ, however, is in their sizes, as the B10 will sport a 15.6-inch monitor while the S10 and N10 will both have 12.1-inch screens. Other differences include Integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics and Blu-ray for the B10, although further specifications for the two smaller laptops, such as the graphics processors and media drives, are not yet known.

Electronista lists the laptops for a February 10 release in Japan, but no announcement has been made for an international release. Prices for these sturdy and well-built laptops will be on the expensive side at over $2000, but if imported, it’s a safe bet that these laptops can probably make the trip undamaged.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-01-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)