Remember the TabletPCs at the beginning of the millennium? Yeah, we’re not sure we want to either. You would think that with rise of new slate tablets (the stereotypical suspect being the iPad) the convertible form factor would be on the retreat. Well, Panasonic obviously didn’t get the memo, as the Toughbook C1 is keeping it real, 2003 style.
Like the rest of Panasonic’s bricks with buttons – that is, the Toughbook line – the C1 is not supposed to be a stunning statement of style. It is a rigid box of functionality. Here is the spec listing:
- Intel Core i5-520 @ 2.4 GHz
- Up to 8 GB DDR3
- Shock-Mounted, Flex-Connect 250 GB HDD
- 12.1” LED-backlit screen with multitouch
- WXGA 1280×800 Resolution
- 10 Hour Claimed Battery Life
- 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
- Optional Gobi 2000 mobile broadband card
- Triple hinge design designed to survive a 30-inch drop (they are called Toughbooks for a reason)
Still interested? It comes at a $2499 starting price, so if you are lucky enough to have plenty of money to burn at the bank, feel free to pick one up.
Panasonic has created two new powerful lithium-ion battery cells that can hold 20-30% more power than the batteries currently on the market. The new batteries not only will greatly increase the battery life of laptop computers, but are also potent enough to be used in electronic automobiles.
It is rumored that the battery can last up to a week without needing to be recharged. This length is an enormous increase in comparison to current laptop and netbook batteries in the market, which can’t make it through half a day before needing to be charged.
The lithium-ion battery might also play a big part in the green revolution, as they can potentially be used to power an entire house. There are endless possibilities for Panasonic’s technological advancement. It has the chance not only to change our computing experience but more importantly the future of environmentally friendly technology.
Still in development, the battery will not be available to the public until sometime during 2011.