Panasonic forges Toughbook H2 Windows 7 tablet

Panasonic has announced the Toughbook H2, its latest extremely durable Windows 7 tablet PC.

The Toughbook H2 comes with a 10.1-inch dual touch display, an Intel Core i5-2557M vPro processor, capable of speeds of up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost or 1.7GHz without, between 4GB and 8GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive, with an option to add in a 128GB solid state drive as well.

The device weighs in at a reassuringly hefty 3.5 pounds and has 6.5 hours of battery life. The twin hot-swappable batteries allow for maximum up-time and can be fully recharged in as little as three hours thanks to an improved desktop cradle.

Connectivity-wise, the H2 comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and can also feature 3G via Qualcomm's Gobi2000 technology. A GPS receiver is also built in.

The main feature of the Toughbook H2, however, is its durability. Like its predecessor, the Toughbook H1, the H2 is fully MIL-STD-810G certified, which means it should withstand a six foot drop. It has a magnesium alloy chassis encased in polycarbonate and a sealed all-weather design, making it suitable for outdoor use. The standard spinning-platter hard drive is also shock mounted to prevent data corruption.

The device is designed for mission-critical professions, such as field service workers, first responders, clinicians and similar situations where mobility and durability are key.

The Toughbook H2 will go on sale this month for around £2,000.