The Panasonic Toughbook CF-H2 Field Tablet, the second generation fully rugged tablet PC designed for field workers, will be available at the end of July, according to Panasonic.
This Windows 7 tablet will have a 10.1-inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 and Panasonic’s Transflective Plus technology, which the company claims will provide a layer that reflects sunlight and uses it as backlight up to 6,000 nits, all in the name of decreased power consumption. It will have a Wacom digitizer and support active pen input, and can be fitted with a two-megapixel camera.
The CF-H2 will be fanless and feature optional screw hole covers that protect the device from dust and particles. It will sport a magnesium alloy chassis that Panasonic claims will be able to withstand drops of six feet.
As for the elements, the device is said to operate from -20 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and will have wireless connectivity including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and optional Gobi mobile broadband, while 4G LTE connectivity will be an additional option in the fall.
With 2GB of RAM, the H2 can be fitted with up to 8GB of RAM and will have a 160GB HDD standard for storage, with an optional 128GB SSD.
Unlike its predecessor, the H2 will have ports for Serial, USB and Ethernet, which can be changed to a second USB port if necessary. Two software additions will include Fast Boot technology, allowing the tablet to start up in 25 seconds, and a BIOS-level keyboard.
Additional options for the H2 will include: GPS, a bar code scanner and RFID reader. Panasonic will also provide optional security features including a fingerprint reader, contactless SmartCard reader and an insertable SmartCard reader.
The tablet will measure 10.8 x 10.6 x 2.3 inches and weigh 3.5 pounds. It will have two hot-swappable batteries, providing up to 6.5 hours of endurance.
The base model of the H2 will come with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB, 7,200-rpm hard drive. The Panasonic Toughbook H2 will be available this month, at an estimated street price of $3,449.