Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 Unveiled At CES 2017, Blends Ruggedness With Usability

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-33

Panasonic has unveiled the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The CF-33 is a 2-in-1 laptop has a 3:2 screen aspect ratio, runs on Windows 10, and has a 12-inch display. The new Toughbook, as the name suggests, has been built with rugged outdoor use in mind. The new laptop has two variants: armed with thetablet and a very handy keyboard dock, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 will come for EUR 3,552 or around Rs. 2.51 lakhs. If you buy only the tablet, the device will ship for EUR 2,992 or roughly Rs. 2.1 lakhs. Shipments are to begin in Q2 this year.

The new Panasonic Toughbook CF-33

Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 Specs and Features

The new Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is a well thought out 2-in-1 laptop which runs on Windows 10. It features a sensible detachable keyboard and hasa 12-inch display. The 3:2 display ratio is reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface. Such an aspect ratio offers more display space on the screen. With a QHD resolution, the display boasts of a 2,160 x 1,440 pixels of resolution and offers a very respectable216 pixels per inch. The new Toughbook has, for obvious reasons, been built for performance even under direct sunlight, aiding in outdoors performance. It offers a luminance of 1200 nits rendering an extremely bright display even when being used in daytime.

Other features include a7th-generation Intel Core processor, a 2-MP front camera, and a very sharp 8-MP rear primary camera. The rear camera has Windows Hello support. Connectivity options offered on the new Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 also includeUSB 3.0, an HDMI port, ethernet support, headset ports and a microSD card reader. This makes it a complete laptop as well. Being a 2-in-1 device, the display is a 10-point touchscreen. Panasonic claims that the new laptop has been designedin a way that even users wearing gloves can use the touchscreen. The IP55 digitizer pen will support Windows Ink fully. The tablet weighs a mere 1.527 kg by itself; when the entire device is assembled, it weighs 2.76kg.

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 has a unique solution to the battery problem: it has dual hot-swappable batteries which essentially means that the device’s battery can be changed even without switch off the system. This hot-swapping capability will also aid in the outdoor use of the rugged Toughbook. Panasonic has stated that the new Toughbook has been built keeping in mind certain target audiences which include emergency services, field service workers, police, and service technicians who have to spend a majority of theirworking hours in the open air. Unveiled at the MWC 2017, it will start shipping in Q2 this year. The 3:2 aspect ratio is expected to be a major draw as well.

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