Panasonic's Toughbook family is set to grow later this month when a new rugged tablet, the Toughbook CF-H2, will make its debut offering not only high resistance but also quite a bit of computing power thanks to the use of the 1.7 GHz Core i5-2557M processor.
The H2 features a magnesium alloy chassis encased in polycarbonate, it has a fanless design, and is claimed to withstand falls from up to 6 feet, while also being able to operate at -20 to 140 degree Fahrenheit (-28.8 to 60 degrees Celsius).
Beside the Core i5-2557M, Panasonic's tablet packs a 10.1-inch (1024 x 768) resistive touchscreen (supports both finger and stylus input) with an LED backlight (which can be turned off), up to 8GB of RAM, a 320GB (7200 RPM) HDD or 128GB SSD, Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, optional 3G and 4G (4G coming this fall), GPS, a 2 megapixel camera, a fingerprint reader, and a contactless SmartCard reader, and two hot swappable batteries allowing for up to 6.5 hours of operation.
The Toughbook CF-H2 is set to start at $3,449.