Panasonic has hit the headlines this time with its updated version of the company’s smaller 10.1-inch form factor Toughbook, the CF-20 Mark 2.
Talking of specs and features, the original CF-20 is quite similar to the latest Mark 2, sporting a 10.1-inch screen in a rugged, 2-in-1 convertible tablet form factor. In other words, it might as well be considered as a smaller, more portable version of the 12-inch Toughbook 33 that the company has announced last year.
Other additional features of this Mark 2 model also states of certain modern things like a Windows Hello-enabled front camera, including both visual and IR sensors, and keyboard keys that are 8 percent larger. With this, there is also an improved camera, and an extended 17-hour estimated battery life, courtesy, a second battery that now comes standard in the keyboard half of the computer. Its predecessor was rated for 10 hours of battery life in tablet mode.
But, here it also needs mentioning that these specs aren’t quite as impressive as the ones found in its bigger counterpart, with the CF-20, backed by a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7Y57 vPro processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Also, this 10.1-inch screen is only 1920 x 1200 pixels, although the touchscreen does work with gloves on, unlike most consumer options. The availability is optional and backed by 4G LTE connectivity, which makes sense given that most of these models are designed to be used out in the field by police, firefighter, construction, and military users.
To look back, in comparison to Panasonic’s other Toughbook models, the CF-20 is rated for military-grade MIL-STD-810G specification and is IP65 certified against dust and water.
But right now, this Toughbook 20 isn’t being sold directly to consumers. So users would have to pick it up from authorized Panasonic resellers. Also, this is not cheap at all, with models starting at $3,099. But then again, gadget freaks won’t mind these at all.