Yeah, 2010 may be the (second) year of the tablet, but we're guessing that Sir Destiny didn't exactly see this coming down the pike. Panasonic just introduced its newest Toughbook in the H1 Field, and we're in no position to argue the "world's most rugged handheld tablet computer" claim. Classified as an "ultramobile rugged" device, this one's designed with outdoor use in mind, weighing just 3.4 pounds but able to meet IP65 and MIL-STD-810 standards. In layman's terms, it can shrug off a six foot drop, and the twin hot-swappable batteries ensure that it'll keep going and going (and going). Internally, you're looking at a 1.86GHz Atom Z540 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB reinforced SSD, 10.4-inch sunlight-viewable XGA touch panel, an optional Gobi 2000 (EV-DO / HSPA) WWAN module, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS, a 2 megapixel camera and an RFID reader. Head on past the break for the full release, but don't get too excited just yet -- it'll set you back at least $3,379 when it crashes down (and survives) next month.
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PANASONIC INTRODUCES TOUGHBOOK® H1 FIELD – WORLD'S MOST RUGGED
HANDHELD TABLET COMPUTER
Exceptional Durability and Integrated Features Create Compelling Solution for Mobile Workers
Secaucus, NJ, February 10, 2010 – Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of
durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, today introduced the Panasonic
Toughbook H1 Field, 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. Certified to meet IP65* and MIL-STD-
810G* – with a six foot drop rating – the Toughbook H1 Field offers the durability expected of
Toughbook mobile computers, so users have the confidence to work in the most demanding conditions.
With optional SmartCard, RFID, and barcode readers, camera, GPS and Qualcomm's new Gobi2000™
mobile broadband technology, the device helps to maximize mobile worker productivity.
By leveraging Panasonic's advanced battery technology and a 1.86 GHz Intel® Atom™ processor, the
Toughbook H1 Field offers a category-leading six hours of battery life, complemented by twin hot-
swappable batteries that allow for limitless use, virtually eliminating down time and maximizing return on
"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 exceptional ergonomics, including a Panasonic designed system that
comfortably cradles the hand between the device and its molded hand strap. Other ergonomic features
include a well-balanced center of gravity, integrated handle, thoughtful placement of integrated features
and lack of hotspots, making the device safe and easy to use for long periods of time.
The Toughbook H1 Field offers a range of embedded wireless connectivity options including
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® 2.1 and Qualcomm's new Gobi2000™ technology which simplifies
complex multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT departments. The H1 Field will be certified on the
Sprint and Verizon Wireless networks, allowing workers to stay connected at all times. Other wireless
carrier certifications will be announced soon.
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: Select Features and Specifications
Genuine Windows 7® (with XP Tablet downgrade option)
Intel® Atom™ processor Z540 (1.86GHz)
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
6 hour battery life
Twin hot-swappable batteries
3.4 lbs (with both batteries)
o MIL-STD-810G certified (6 foot drop)*
o Magnesium alloy chassis – encased in polycarbonate
o IP65 certified sealed all-weather design*
o Reinforced flex-connect Solid State Drive (SSD)
o Wide operating temperature range (-20C ~ 60C or -4F ~ 140F)
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o Optional integrated WWAN / Gobi2000™ mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA)
o Intel® WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/n
o Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR
o Global positioning system (GPS) receiver
o 2D barcode reader (also 1D capable)
o 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights
o RFID reader
Optional Security Features
o Fingerprint reader
o Contactless SmartCard reader
o Insertable SmartCard reader
Integrated docking connector
10.4" (L) x 10.6" (W) x 1.3" - 2.3" (H)
* Tested by a national independent third party test lab following MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6
Procedure IV for transit drop test and IEC 60529 Sections 13.4, 13.6.2, 14.2.5 and 14.3 for IP65.
Pricing and Availability
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 from
authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.
The Toughbook H1 Field is backed with a 3-year standard warranty and lifetime technical support.
Panasonic is focused on delivering the industry's most reliable mobile solutions, ensuring that organizations and their mobile workforces can depend on their technology. The company's commitment to quality results in a total of more than 500 checks and tests before, during and after production, on every Toughbook unit built.