Panasonic announced the new durable Toughbook C1 which is the world’s lightest 12.1-inch convertible tablet PC weighing just 3.2 pounds with one battery (3.7 pounds with two). Powered by Intel’s Core i5-520M 2.4GHz processor, the C1 offers desktop performance in a lightweight and highly mobile form factor.
The Toughbook C1 has 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and supports Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n and optional integrated Gobi2000 module for WWAN mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA) support, and optional WiMAX. It features a 12.1-inch LED-backlight display with either multitouch + digitizer screen or gloved multitouch screen that allows finger and gesture input. The tablet PC has built-in dual array microphone and optional webcam while fingerprint reader and SmartCard reader are available as options.
Like Panasonic’s other Toughbooks, the C1 is business rugged. It successfully survived drops of 12-inch from any angle for the unit itself, a 30-inch drop to the base of the unit while operating and its based and lid are designed to withstand more than 225 lbs (102 Kg) of pressure. It has a magnesium alloy case and spill-resistant keyboard.
To be released in June 2010, the Panasonic Toughbook C1 will be priced at $2499.