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There’s nothing more likely to make a room full of technology journalists flinch then flinging a high-end piece of computing gear onto polished cement. That is, however, exactly how Panasonic’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, Stuart Buxton, puncuated today’s reveal of the company’s new Toughbook 20 hybrid device.

And, as a testament to its toughness, the staff were more concerend about the floor, than Stuart was the Toughbook 20.

The new Toughbook is engineered to the highest Military Standards, and has been dropped (as we saw), soaked, heated, and crushed to within an inch of its life. It’s compliant with MIL-STD-810G for drop, shock, explosive atmosphere, humidity, temperature, rain, and sand. A whole swathe of testing is even down right here, in Australia’s dusty outback. With a magnesium alloy case, a sturdy built-in handle, and a docking port that’s designed to squeeze out water and and other obstructions, it certainly seems up for any task.

With a hybrid design, the Toughbook 20 can be operated as a laptop, have the displya swiveled around for presentation mode, or detached into tablet mode. It can be hung on a wall, or attached to a dock, either in the office or in a vehicle. It’s 10.1in 1920 x 1200 display is designed to be touch-sensitive even if you’re wearing gloves.

Under the very tough hood the Toughbook 20 is powered by a fanless Intel CoreTM m5-6Y57 vPro TM processor, with Intel HD Graphics 515, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and running Windows 10 Pro. And, if you’re business isn’t ready for that, you can downgrade to Windows 7.

The Toughbook 20 will be out in May this year, and its RRP will start at $5399.



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