Rugged computing specialist Panasonic has unveiled the successor to its 10.1-inch Toughbook G1 (pill) and Toughbook 20 (removable) units: the brand new Toughbook G2 is a completely rugged pill, which is obtainable with an non-compulsory keyboard that transforms it right into a 2-in-1 system.
Panasonic has a 25-year historical past of manufacturing rugged tablets and laptops, and ZDNet has evaluated a lot of them: we reviewed the G1 again in 2013, when it was referred to as the Toughpad FZ-G1 and ran Home windows 8 Professional, for instance, and appeared on the Toughbook CF-20 in 2016.
The Toughbook G2 provides an enterprise-grade platform primarily based on a Tenth-generation Intel Core i5-10310U vPro processor with 16GB or 32GB of RAM 512GB or 1TB of MVMe SSD storage. It is a Microsoft Secured Core PC, and there is a variant with a quick-release SSD geared toward business sectors with significantly data-sensitive use circumstances — first responders and defence, for instance. The Toughbook G2 runs Home windows 10 Professional, however is Home windows 11-ready, and Microsoft’s new OS might be a free improve sooner or later, if required.
The G2’s chunky chassis measures 279mm vast by 188mm deep by 23.5mm thick and the system weighs round 1.2kg, though this can range relying on the exact specification. Rugged credentials embrace MIL-STD 810H testing and IP65 certification for mud and water resistance (though shut studying of the spec sheet reveals that testing “by an impartial third-party lab…might be finished by 2H 2021”).
The ten.1-inch IPS show is ‘daylight viewable’, with most brightness of 1,000 nits. It is a 10-point capacitive multi-touchscreen that works with fingers and the non-compulsory stylus, with selectable modes for gloved palms and wet situations. There are two cameras: 2MP with IR (Home windows Hiya compliant) on the entrance, and 8MP with autofocus and LED flash on the again.
Normal ports are USB 3.1, USB-C (with Energy Supply), Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45), port replicator, twin antenna and DC-in. There’s additionally a ‘configuration port’ which might be fitted at buy time with a serial port, a barcode reader, a USB 2.0 port, a second Ethernet port or a thermal digital camera. One other configurable factor is the growth bay on the again, which may take a sensible card reader or an HF-RFID (NFC) reader. Wi-fi communication is by way of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.1, with LTE cellular broadband accessible as an possibility.
As regular with Panasonic’s rugged units, there are many non-compulsory equipment, a lot of that are backwards-compatible with these accessible for the Toughbook G1 and 20. Equipment embrace docking items, automobile mounts, battery packs and the stylus pen. The removable keyboard provides two additional ports – USB-A and USB-C, whereas the desktop cradle helps 4K output on two exterior 4K shows.
Battery life with the usual 50Wh battery pack is quoted at 12 hours, or 18.5 hours with the non-compulsory prolonged 68Wh battery. Batteries are hot-swappable, which is a key requirement for a lot of discipline employees.
“The Toughbook G2 will proceed the profitable story of absolutely rugged tablets,” mentioned Dirk Weigelt, senior product advertising and marketing supervisor at Panasonic Cell Options Enterprise. “With its large authorised platform, dependable connectivity, unrivalled ruggedness, fit-for-purpose interfaces, corporate-level safety and fewer downtime as a result of lengthy battery life – it is the right instrument for any discipline employee.”
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The Toughbook G2, which comes with a three-year guarantee, might be accessible from the top of July, with costs beginning at €2,450 or £2,218 (ex. VAT).