Panasonic has introduced the Toughbook H1 Field, calling it the world's most 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. Able to withstand a six foot drop, the Toughbook has optional SmartCard, RFID, barcode readers, camera, GPS and Qualcomm's new Gobi2000 mobile broadband technology.

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.

“As workforces become more mobile, it's critical to empower them with the right tools,” said 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″ 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 only 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 Panasonic designed system that cradles the hand between the device and its molded hand strap. It offers a range of embedded wireless connectivity options including 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

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.

The Toughbook H1 Field is available with a variety of productivity enhancing accessories such as carrying cases, shoulder straps, charging devices, and Toughbook tested vehicle mounting solutions. The handheld tablet can also be equipped with next generation GPS technology allowing for location-based services with improved accuracy, faster satellite acquisition time and lower power consumption.

Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field also 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
  • Magnesium alloy chassis — encased in polycarbonate
  • 2D barcode reader (also 1D capable)
  • 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights
  • RFID reader

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 (a whopping Rs. 1,57,000) from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.

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

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