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Work Faster And For Longer With The Latest Toughbook Semi-Rugged Convertible Tablet PC

Updated Toughbook CF-C2 ideal for mobile professionals with increased performance and longer battery life

BRACKNELL, UK. 12TH NOVEMBER 2013

Panasonic today updated its Toughbook CF-C2, one of the most durable and flexible business convertible PCs on the market, to help mobile professionals work faster and for longer. With increased processor and graphics performance and longer battery life, the semi-rugged Toughbook CF-C2 with Windows 8.1 Pro is the perfect mobile worker companion whether in clamshell or tablet mode.

Designed for mobile workers that need to multi-task, the latest Toughbook CF-C2 has 4th generation Intel® CoreTM technology. With reduced power consumption, the Intel® CoreTM i5-4300U Processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology also helps improve battery life (up from 11 to 14 hours) and improves standby time, ensuring workers can leave their device in standby for longer for fast boot and response times. Storage options include 4GB RAM standard, extendable to 8GB and 500GB HDD standard and 128GB or 256GB SSD optional - making the CF-C2 one of the most versatile and powerful devices in its class.

The new device has a capacitive 10-finger multi-touch display that can be used in both clamshell and tablet mode to make the most of the 12.5" HD screen. The screen comes standard with IPS technology allowing extra wide viewing angles, strengthened glass, high contrast ratio and 500 cd/m2 high brightness paired with a Panasonic anti-reflection layer.

Other improvements mean the Toughbook CF-C2 is optimised for connectivity whatever the location with the latest Gobi 5000 4G module, Bluetooth v4.0 and Wireless LAN IEEE802.11a/b/g/n.

Fully equipped and flexible
For users needing to video conference or capture photographic images of documentation in the field, the CF-C2 is equipped with a HD 720p (still image Max. 1280 x960) front web camera and the optional rear camera has been upgraded from 3 to 5 megapixels.

With a variety of business expansion options and configuration slots, the CF-C2 can be tailored to perfectly meet the needs of the workforce. Ideal for field and service engineers, an optional serial port allows diagnostics and measurement legacy devices to be connected to the Toughbook. In addition, other business options can be added via the flexible configuration ports, such as VGA ports or modems.

In industries where security and information protection are mandatory, such as healthcare, the CF-C2 can be equipped with a near field communication or up to 2 smart card slots (1 x full size / 1 x half size). vProTM is a standard feature that allows for easy IT management of the device. Computrace security features are also supported.

The Toughbook CF-C2 features a bridge battery, which enables hot-swap main battery changing without powering down the device, offering seamless usability. The standard 6-cell battery configuration will deliver approximately 14 hours operation (Mobile Mark 2007, 60cd/m2), and the 9-cell high capacity battery provides approximately 19 hours of use.

Latest operating system and migration path
Equipped with the Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, business customers can take advantage of the latest improvements in user functionality and the enterprise benefits of Windows 8.1 operating system. Windows 7 downgrade options are also available. With Microsoft extended support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, the latest Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 versions also offer a smooth migration option for businesses looking to upgrade hardware.

Built to last and for ease of use
The semi-rugged CF-C2 has been designed to easily deal with the knocks and scrapes of a busy mobile worker's day. The device can withstand drops of up to 76cm (30inch),6 angles, comes with a water resistant keyboard and touchpad and strengthened glass on the LCD.

As well as the tablet and notebook operational modes and its enhanced triple-hinge system for even more stable operation, the CF-C2 comes with an ergonomic and removable, triangular hands-free strap making the device easy to hold and operate with one-hand in any position - portrait, landscape or anywhere in-between.

Jan Kaempfer, Head of Marketing of Panasonic Computer Product Solutions, said: "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."

The Toughbook CF-C2 goes on sale in the UK from January 2014. The device will be available from Panasonic Official Distributors, Premier Partners, ISV Partners and Registered Partners at an estimated street price of £1,589 + VAT for the standard model. For further information visit www.toughbook.eu.

Press contact:
Wesley Hutchins
Tel: 0118 900 1133
Mobile: 07585 807 905 [email protected]

About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)
PSCEU is the European branch of Panasonic Systems Communications Company, the global B2B division of Panasonic. PSCEU's goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organizations efficiency and performance. We help organizations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include PBX telephone switches, document printers, professional cameras, projectors, large visual displays and rugged mobile PCs. With around 500 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets.

The new PSCEU is made up of four business divisions:

  • Communication Solutions including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and HD video conferencing systems.
  • Visual System Solutions including projectors, interactive whiteboards, presentation aids and displays. Panasonic
    is the European market leader in projectors with 28% revenue share.
  • Professional Camera Solutions including professional audio visual, security and industrial medical vision (IMV) technology. Panasonic is one of the top two professional camera vendors in Europe.
  • Computer Product Solutions including the Toughbook range of rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. Panasonic Toughbook had 63.3% unit share of the European rugged and durable notebook market and a 29.2 unit share of the rugged business tablet market in 2012 (VDC, March 2013).

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.30 trillion yen (68 billion euros) for the year ended March 31, 2013. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at www.toughbook.eu

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