Panasonic preps rugged Atomic UMPC
Ultra-mobile, ultra-tough - apparently
Intel announced its Atom processor on Monday and now hardware makers are stepping forward to unveil their upcoming Atom-based UMPCs. Today's contestant: Panasonic, with a Toughbook-branded handheld.
Panasonic's Toughbook UMPC: based on Intel's Atom
Not that Panasonic actually said much about it, beyond the name, the processor brand the UMPC will use and the fact that it is a UMPC.
Comes with its own dock, ho, ho...
But it did tout the machine's "ultra-tough" design, intended to allow it to be carried up telegraph poles and the like, and generally be knocked about by workers on the move.
The unit is based around a 5.6in display, and while the keyboard is optional - some designs will lack it - so too is wireless, a webcam and a barcode reader. It's a pretty chunky boy, Panasonic's pics show.
It'll run Windows Vista, Panasonic said, but we expect most industrials to want XP, at least until Vista's first Service Pack comes out.
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