updated 12:00 pm EDT, Thu September 23, 2010
Panasonic outs 1.6GHZ Toughbook CF-U1 Ultra
Panasonic has added the Toughbook CF-U1 Ultra to its lineup of fully rugged portable PCs. An upgraded version of the existing Toughbook CF-U1, the new device sports a transflective, 5.6-inch 1024x600 touchscreen that has a 6,000-nit brightness for better viewing in direct sunlight. It also gets a faster 1.6GHz Z530 Atom CPU, a 64GB solid-state drive and 2GB of RAM.
The preloaded OS is Windows 7 and the device is meant for mobile works such as direct store delivery, on-the-spot citations, growers and anyone who needs a full PC while standing. Other enhancements to the U1 Ultra include larger screen icons, a programmable right-click onscreen button and a larger soft keyboard. There is also a zoom and pan mode for navigating content, and a Ctrl-Alt-Del button for logging in while wearing gloves.
A two-megapixel camera is optional and now has faster autofocus and white balance features. The also optional barcode reader gets new software that allows for onboard data and symbology configuration.
The Toughbook U1 Ultra and regular U1 meet US mlitary MIL-STD-810G and civilian IP65 standards for resistance to dust, shock and water. All get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and optional Gobi2000 mobile broadband from Qualcomm.
The Toughbook U1 Ultra costs $2,800, while the Toughbook U1 Essential is priced at $1,900.