The annual Mobile World Congress is happening in Barcelona, and Panasonic has announced a new convertible 2-in-1 detachable Windows 10 laptop-tablet thing at the event.
Panasonic’s Toughbook family of devices are designed for harsh environments; we covered the Toughpad FZ-F1 extensively when the Japanese giant released it in India just last week.
Panasonic’s Toughbook CF-33 is quite unique, not just because of its durability but also its features.
CF-33 features a noteworthy 3:2 aspect ratio 12″ touchscreen display running at 2160 x 1440. It’s detachable, and can output 1200cd/m² of brightness, making the device useable in outdoor environments. The touchscreen supports 10-point input, along with an IP55-rated digitizer pen that supports Windows Ink.
The other half of this device, the keyboard, is just as sturdy and has a uniquely designed dock that locks on with the tablet with a robust grip.
Since the device is split into two halves; everything that makes the device work rests within the tablet-half. Panasonic hasn’t released the specifics of specifications just yet, but we do know that this thing has a 7th generation Intel Core processor on the inside.
On the outside, there’s a 2-megapixel camera on the front with Windows Hello support, as well as an 8-megapixel camera on the back.
In addition to that, the CF-33 also comes with 4G LTE connectivity as well as optional support for GPS as well.
Meanwhile, the keyboard-half merely holds a massive battery. But, here’s the fun part: the battery is hot-swappable, and can be changed while the device is in use. That’s an incredible feature that will be useful for a lot of industries and services.
Panasonic is selling the devices as two models – one with the keyboard, and one without.
In the U.S., the CF-33 will be available for purchase starting from May 2017. The tablet by itself will cost $3,499. The tablet with the keyboard will cost $4,099.
In Europe, the CF-33 will be available for purchase starting from Q2 2017. The tablet by itself will cost €2,992 / £2,213. The tablet with the keyboard will cost €3,552 / £2,627. The European prices do not include taxes.
It’s expensive, but Panasonic has something unique going on here.
Source: Windows Blog