The Panasonic Toughbook C1, which has the claim to fame of being the lightest 12.1-inch convertible tablet currently available (according to Panasonic), is receiving a general performance boost as its processor, RAM, and other key hardware components receive upgrades.
The Panasonic Toughbook C1 is a Windows-based rugged tablet, designed for both performance and endurance. In its latest iteration it will come with Windows 7 Professional (either 32- or 64-bit), a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2520M vPro Processor (which can reach speeds of 3.2 GHz with “turbo boost”), 4 GB of RAM (expandable to 8 GB) in the multitouch/digitizer model or 2 GB (expandable to 6 GB) in the gloved multitouch model, and a 320 GB hard drive.
The upgraded C1 will also feature hot swappable twin batteries, with one providing six hours of use (totaling 12 potential hours when both batteries are installed). It also has an SDXC card slot, and can be equipped with an optional 1.3 MP webcam.
The Toughbook C1 will not only be tough against the elements, but also tough on wallets. Prices will start at around $2600 for the most basic model. Shipments of the tablet are expected to begin this July.