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Panasonic adds Windows 8.1 Pro to Toughbook CF-C2 hybrid

Panasonic’s Toughbook CF-C2 hybrid tablet PC has been updated to support Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro with an Intel Haswell processor increasing performance and battery life.

The “semi-rugged convertible tablet PC” has seen its battery life improve from 11 hours to 14 hours with Windows 8.1 Pro ensuring that business and enterprise customers can benefit from the latest improvements Panasonic has built into the device.

"This latest semi-rugged Toughbook CF-C2 has been designed to change the working lives and operational efficiency of mobile workers. It is truly the most durable and flexible business convertible PC in the market, offering desktop levels of performance, high-class connectivity, long battery life and advanced mobility technologies,” said Jan Kaempfer, head of marketing at Panasonic Computer Product Solutions.

An Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology provides the increased battery life and also means business users will be able to leave it in standby mode for a longer period whilst on the move.

The standard model comes with 4GB of RAM that can be upscaled to 8GB depending on requirements with a 500GB hard disk drive [HDD] coming as standard. Alternatively buyers can opt for a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive [SSD].

The screen is a 12.5in HD-quality 10-finger multi-touch display with IPS technology that can be used in tablet or clamshell mode. The front camera is capable of 720p HD video with the optional rear camera upgraded from 3-megapixel to 5-megapixel on the new model.

In terms of connectivity it has a Gobi 5000 4G module as well as Bluetooth 4.0, wireless LAN, and can be upgraded to include near field communication [NFC] and up to two smart card slots.

Panasonic has made sure the toughbook can withstand drops from heights of 30in from six angles with a water resistant keyboard and touchpad, as well as strengthened glass, coming as standard.

It goes on sale in January 2014 in the UK with an “estimated streetprice” of £1,589 + VAT for the standard model.