Panasonic has announced their new Toughbook CF-33 – a ruggedised 2-in-1 with a detachable keyboard. It has a 12-inch screen and is 37% thinner and 26% lighter than the CF-31 it supersedes. Battery life has been boosted to 10 hours. Not bad for a package that weighs in at 2.761 kg in laptop mode or 1.527 kg without the keyboard.
Battery life can be doubled as it supports twin hot swappable batteries.
The display is designed for outdoor use in bright sunlight or heavy rain and is 10-finger capacitive dual touch running at a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels. The 3:2 aspect ratio is designed for business applications such as Computer Aided Dispatch for law enforcement officers. And it can be used while wearing gloves.
The Toughbook CF-33 with Windows 10 Pro comes with Intel® i5-7300U, 8GB RAM (16GB option) and 256GB SSD (128GB and 512GB options). Therfe's also a option for downgrading to WIndows 7 for compnaies that haven;t made the WIndows 10 leap yet.
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is equipped with a 2MP webcam with stereo microphones and 8MP documentation rear camera. Images can be sent over WiFi, Bluetooth or using the 4G LTE option if you choose a model with that option. You can also add an integrated U-Blox NEO-M8N GPS for navigation.
For the office, there's a Desktop Port Replicator and a four bay battery charger for large organisations where the ability to charge multiple batteries can reduce worker downtime.
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 will be available from August 2017 with a starting RRP of $6,499.