Panasonic Solutions Co. has announced upgrades to the Toughbook C1, currently the lightest 12.1” convertible tablet PC. The new version comes equipped with a 320GB base hard drive, up to 12 hours of battery life, 2GB RAM (expandable to 8GB) and an increased Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor (2.50GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz). In addition, the Toughbook C1’s start-up time is approximately 30 percent faster compared to the previous model.

The upgraded Toughbook C1 maintains its embedded wireless connectivity, including Bluetooth v2.1 and optional Qualcomm’s Gobi2000 3G mobile broadband technology. The device is certified on the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless 3G networks, allowing workers to stay connected virtually all of the time. Additionally, the Toughbook C1 has Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, offering improved connectivity options for mobile workers.

At 3.28 lbs, the lightweight Toughbook C1 with the triple-hinge design is created for a highly mobile workforce. The laptop is able to withstand drops from approximately 30” and comes with a battery life of 12 hours (with optional second battery) - enabled by a hot-swappable twin battery design. The ‘hand-free’ ergonomic “strap and dome” cradle is designed for customer comfort and long-term use. The Toughbook C1 also has a spill-resistant keyboard, which protects against liquid spills of about 6 ounces. The device’s 12.1” widescreen WXGA 1280 x 800 display is available with a choice of multi touch and digitizer screen or gloved multi touch screen and an anti-glare screen treatment.