We reckon we don't have to tell an audience of gerbils about Panasonic's Toughbooks. The ruggedized laptop series is famous for its impressive durability and solid performance, but Panasonic makes a number of other products in the "Tough" line including tablets and 2-in-1s. One such machine is the Toughbook CF-20, which we talked about when it first came out over two years ago. It's time for an update, and Panasonic agrees: the Toughbook CF-20 is getting a Kaby Lake CPU and double the storage of the previous model.
The new CPU in the 10.1" rugged detachable is the Core i5-7Y57, a chip that would have qualified as a Core M unit before Intel's rebrand. That's a dual-core, four-thread chip that runs at a 1.2 GHz base clock but will turbo as high as 3.3 GHz if conditions allow. Graphics duties are handled by the built-in Intel HD Graphics 615 and the machine's 8 GB of RAM. There's an optional 16 GB RAM upgrade available, too. By default the new CF-20 comes with a 256 GB SSD, although once again users can optionally upgrade to a 512 GB drive. Panasonic doesn't elaborate on what kind of SSD it is, but buyers can opt to get one with TCG Opal full-disk encryption.
Aside from those changes, the new CF-20 is essentially like the original model. The Toughbook CF-20's laundry list of certifications—MIL-STD-810G for shock, IP65 for water and dust, and MIL-STD-461F for EMI should come as no surprise. You can optionally get a CF-20 certified for use at hazardous locations, too. The 10.1" display is still the same 10-point capacitive multi-touch screen in 1920x1200 resolution. It has a digitizer for the included waterproof stylus, and there's a place to stow it. Panasonic points out that the CF-20's display is perfectly suited for daylight usage with its 800 cd/m² brightness.
You can hit this link to visit Panasonic's FTP site and grab the PDF datasheet for the full specifications. Panasonic says the updated CF-20 will come with a 3 year warranty, and that it will be available in March for £2218 ($3077) without VAT. Thanks to TechPowerUp for the tip-off.