Panasonic has unveiled the latest addition to its Toughbook line of rugged portables, featuring Intel's 5th-generation Core processor technology in a convertible laptop/tablet design with a 12.5in touchscreen and weighing 1.14kg.
Available from the end of April, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 is a rugged 2-in-1 portable featuring a flipover design where the screen can fold all the way back flat behind the keyboard, enabling it to be used as a slate-mode tablet.
Although weighing just 1.14kg, the new device is touted as "business tough" by Panasonic. The upper chassis is made of a new magnesium alloy called UHD, which combines carbon with magnesium to create a lightweight yet tough material, and it has been tested to withstand a 76cm fall.
In terms of specifications, the CF-MX4 is based on a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-5300U processor with 4GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB of solid state storage.
It also boasts a 12.5in IPS Full HD multi-touch display with 10 touch point support plus a stylus for hand written notes that can be stowed in a slot (see below).
The system ships with Windows 8.1 Pro, but this will be upgradable to Windows 10 when Microsoft's latest platform becomes available.
Panasonic claims that the Toughbook CF-MX4 can operate for up to 13 hours from a single charge of the removable, hot-swap battery pack, enabling better than all-day operation.
For connectivity, the new Toughbook offers 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth and 4G mobile broadband as an option. It also sports an Ethernet Lan connection, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA output, plus an SD Card slot and an optional smart card reader.
Describing the device as a "new work hero" Panasonic's general manager for marketing, Jan Kaempfer, said that the Toughbook CF-MX4 "offers the best of both worlds with its tablet and laptop capability packed into a tough exterior with knock-out looks and unrivalled functionality".
Pricing for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 starts at £1,504+VAT.
Some parts of Atacama have not received rainfall for 500 years - but a sudden deluge of water upset the Desert's delicate biological balance
Spitzer Space Telescope could not spot Oumuamua, suggesting that it is actually pretty small
Greenland crater one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth
This long-sought progenitor star was identified in an image captured by Hubble in 2007