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Today, Panasonic is upgrading its fully-rugged notebook lineup with the ToughBook 31 (6th generation) that comes with the latest Intel Core i5 or i3 processor and an optional ATI Radeon HD 5650, useful for professionals in need of GIS or other graphic-rich applications.

Boasting a 13.1 inch 1024×768 LCD touchscreen (no multitouch) with new LED backlighting for low power consumption, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, a shock mounted flex-connect hard drive, 11 hour of battery life (according to the manufacturer), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, optional WiMAX capability and Gobi2000, the new “tough-cookie” from Panasonic offers rugged certifications beyond MIL-STD-810G and IP65 with a 6-foot drop rating, the brightest standard screen available at 1,100 nits and capable of dropping as low as 2 nits for concealed nighttime use which is critical to the safety of military and public safety users.

The Toughbook 31 is expected to be available on Wednesday, May 12 with an estimated street price of $3,799 from authorized Panasonic resellers

Drop test video and technical specifications after the jump

Kyp Walls, Director, Product Management, Panasonic Solutions, dropped the rugged notebook in front of my camcorder, see the video below. For a quick product overview, go to the video he is presenting on Youtube.

Choice of three models

  • Intel® Core™ i5-540M CPU 2.53GHz with vPro™ (with Turbo Boost up to 3.07GHz)
  • 250GB HDD, ATI Radeon™ HD5650 & Intel QM57 video controller
  • Intel Core i5-520M CPU 2.40GHz with vPro (with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz)
  • 160GB HDD, Intel QM57 video controller
  • Intel Core i3-350M CPU 2.26GHz
  • 160GB HDD, Intel HM55 video controller
    • Genuine Windows 7® (with XP downgrade option)

      13.1” XGA LCD touchscreen

      • Panasonic CircuLumin™ technology (1,100 nits, AR, AG and Circular Polarizer*)
      • LED backlighting
      • Concealed mode – turns off or dims screen, all LED lights and sound with touch of one button
      • 2GB RAM (DDR3 -1066MHz), expandable to 8GB
      • 7.9 lbs (with light weight battery on i3 model), 8.2 lbs. (with long life battery on i5 models)
      • 11.5” (L) x 11.9” (W) x 2.9” (H)

      Fully-rugged

      • MIL-STD-810G (6 foot drop) and IP65-certified
      • Full Magnesium alloy case
      • Spill-resistant
      • Hybrid cooling system
      • Reinforced locking port covers
      • Shock-mounted flex-connect HDD with quick-release

      Battery

      • Up to 11 hours battery life
      • Long Life Battery Pack (i5 CPU models)
      • 7 hours battery life
      • Lightweight Battery Pack (i3 CPU model)

      Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v1.2*

      Embedded Connectivity

      • Wi-Fi 802.11 a*/b/g/n
      • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
      • Optional Gobi™ mobile broadband

      3-year limited warranty, parts and labor

      Interfaces

      • Port replicator
      • External video (HDMI, VGA)
      • Headphones/speaker
      • Microphone/line-in
      • Serial
      • USB 2.0 x 4
      • SD card (SDHC)
      • PC card
      • ExpressCard
      • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
      • Optional 2nd 10/100 LAN* or Modem or FireWire

      Optional integrated features

      • Webcam*
      • GPS receiver
      • Backlit keyboard (emissive or rubber)
      • SmartCard reader
      • Fingerprint reader
      • HDD and battery lock

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