Both ruggedized laptops and ultrabooks with foldable screens have been around for a while, but nobody has thought of bringing the two concepts together in the same machine. Nobody expect Panasonic, whose Toughbook CF-AX2 has been unveiled late last year for the first time.
Showcased again during this week’s CeBIT, the 11.6-incher looks like an extreme Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga with protection against scratches, bumps and drops. You can’t not love that matte touch-enabled display, despite boasting an average 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution.
As far as hardware goes, the Toughbook will come with your choice of three uber-snappy processors – a Core i5 clocked at 1.7 GHz, a 1.8 GHz i5 or a 1.9 GHz i7. In each configuration, you get the same 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD, but there’s nothing to complain about there.
The battery sounds awesome also, being able to run for up to eight hours on a single charge, while the selection of ports and connectivity options is impressive for an 11-incher – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB 3.0, Ethernet and an SD card reader.
Available already in Japan, Panasonic’s big guy will be visiting European stores during Q2 2013, but will be pricey for the regular, non-oil baron folk – 2,000 Euro and up. Ouch!
Via [Mobile Geeks]