Panasonic debuts Toughbook H1 Field rugged handheld tablet computer

Posted by Courtney Howard

SECAUCUS, N.J., 15 Feb. 2010. Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbookmobile computers, introduced the Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field, its latest rugged handheld tablet computer.

The new device enables extreme mobility and productivity for field sales personnel, first responders, supervisors, inspectors, maintenance workers, and other highly mobile professionals, says a representative.

Certified to meet IP65 and MIL-STD-810G with a six-foot drop rating, the Toughbook H1 Field offers durability in even the most demanding conditions. With optional SmartCard, RFID, and barcode readers, camera, GPS, and Qualcomm's new Gobi2000 mobile broadband technology, the device helps to maximize mobile worker productivity.

By leveraging Panasonic's advanced battery technology and a 1.86 GHz Intel Atom processor, the Toughbook H1 Field offers six hours of battery life, complemented by twin hot-swappable batteries that allow for limitless use, virtually eliminating down time and maximizing return on investment.

"As workforces become more mobile, it's critical to empower them with the right tools," says Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "The Toughbook H1 Field was designed based on extensive customer input to ensure it had the right mix of form factor, features and durability to maximize worker productivity and value. With so many features that exceed the performance capabilities of competitive products, we believe the Toughbook H1 Field is best positioned to meet the computing needs of highly mobile workers, along with their IT administrators."

The Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field includes a 500-nit, 10.4-inch dual-touch display that offers both tablet and touchscreen functionality. The display also includes a circular polarizer, plus anti-glare and anti-reflective screen treatments, making it easily viewable in direct sunlight. Weighing 3.4 lbs, this mobile computing platform features 2GB of RAM and a 64GB reinforced flex-connect solid-state drive.

The Toughbook H1 Field offers a range of embedded wireless connectivity options, including 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and Qualcomm's new Gobi2000 technology which simplifies complex multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT departments.

The Toughbook H1 Field includes multiple security features, including options for a contactless or insertable SmartCard reader and a fingerprint reader, helping to ensure that critical data is kept secure.

Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field features:

Genuine Windows 7 (with XP Tablet downgrade option)
Intel Atom processor Z540 (1.86GHz)
2GB RAM
64 GB reinforced flex-connect Solid State Drive SSD
10.4" XGA sunlight-viewable 500 nit dual-touch LCD
Circular polarizer with anti-glare and anti-reflective screen treatments
6-hour battery life
Twin hot-swappable batteries
3.4 lbs (with both batteries)
Fully-Rugged
MIL-STD-810G certified (6 foot drop)
Magnesium alloy chassis – encased in polycarbonate
IP65 certified sealed all-weather design
Reinforced flex-connect Solid State Drive (SSD)
Wide operating temperature range (-20C ~ 60C or -4F ~ 140F)
Embedded Connectivity
Optional integrated WWAN / Gobi2000™ mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA)
Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Integrated Options
Global positioning system (GPS) receiver
2D barcode reader (also 1D capable)
2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights
RFID reader
Optional Security Features
Fingerprint reader
Contactless SmartCard reader
Insertable SmartCard reader
Integrated docking connector

The Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field will be available worldwide in March 2010. In the United States, the base Toughbook H1 Field model is expected to be available at an estimated street price of $3,379 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.

The Toughbook H1 Field is backed with a 3-year standard warranty and lifetime technical support.

Panasonic's commitment to quality results in a total of more than 500 checks and tests before, during and after production, on every Toughbook unit built, says a representative.

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