Apple's iPad may be emerging in every industry from retail to construction, but Panasonic still believes its Toughbook tablets have something to offer, with the firm having just upgraded its CF-H2 tablet to further suit the needs of doctors, nurses and field workers.
The 10-inch Toughbook CF-H2 tablet comes in two models. The CF-H2 Health version is for doctors and nurses looking to access medical records, patient conditions and medications, while the CF-H2 Field edition is primarily geared up for utility and field service engineers working in poor weather and cramped conditions.
Having launched back in 2008, both models have been upgraded so that they are now powered by the third-gen Intel Core i5-3427U vPro processor (1.8GHz, going up to 2.8GHz with Intel Turbo Boost technology), as well as a low voltage DDR3L RAM module for an extra 30 minutes of battery life.
The hard disk drive capacity has been raised from 160GB to 320GB, with a 128GB SSD also an option, while the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0 technology and a USB 3.0 port (which offers up to 10X faster data transfers than USB 2.0) show that there have been improvements on the connectivity front too.
Both tablets are IP54 and MIL STD 810G rated to protect again water and dust ingress, as well as vibration and varying temperatures, and can come with an optional finger print scanner and Ericsson F5521gw HSPA+ module.
The CF-H2 range is available from August 2012, and will start in Europe at €1,898 (approximately $2,330) excluding VAT. Panasonic has not yet got back to us on U.S. availability.