Panasonic is rolling out the Toughbook G2 as the latest addition to its rugged device range designed for the mobile workforce.

Ergonomically designed and lightweight at just 1.9kg, the Toughbook G2 also includes glove-activated touchscreen capabilities. It can be optionally equipped using configurable ports which include a 2D Barcode Reader, True Serial 2nd LAN, additional USB 2.0 type A, Thermal Camera by FLIR, Smart Card Reader and HF-RFID (NFC) Reader.

The device is also backwards compatible with most Toughbook G1 and Toughbook 20 docks for integration to existing desktop or vehicle installations.

The Toughbook G2 boasts an Intel Core i5-10310U vPro processor and Windows 10 Pro installed, as well as optional 4G LTE, 16GB RAM and 512GB OPAL SSD available.

Offering up to 12 hours of battery life or up to 18.5 hours using the optional click and switch extended batteries, the device claims to be eight times more reliable than average industry notebooks without rugged features.

Meeting the ‘gold standard’ of commercial device security, all data is stored with multiple layers of protection and the Toughbook G2 includes new advanced features to comply with a new class of secure PCs developed by Microsoft in collaboration with several partners.

An Intel vPro processor and self-healing endpoint security firmware from Absolute further maintain an unbreakable connection on or off a network to mitigate the risk of data compromise, or if the device is lost, damaged or stolen.

Panasonic System Solutions Oceania senior product marketing manager for mobile solutions, Ranjit Sohoni said, “Increasingly, mobile workforces demand rugged devices that can withstand a unique set of challenges, operate in the harshest environmental conditions and deliver a greater level of safety and assurance.

“The Toughbook G2 demonstrates the ongoing evolution of our rugged device portfolio, combining more than 25 years of heritage, innovation, and experience to support new ways of work – which are more agile and disruptive.”

Microsoft Australia and New Zealand general manager for device partner sales, Chris Bright commented, “Microsoft is proud to be a long-standing OEM partner of Panasonic and continues to support the innovation and evolution of the brand’s market-leading Toughbook range.

“The Toughbook G2 integrates Microsoft’s Secured-core PC – a modern Windows device that comes with the highest level of hardware, software and identity protection, ready right out-of-the-box. With Windows 11 coming to Toughbook G2 from 2022, Secured-core PC will couple with the most secure Windows yet, offering built-in chip to cloud protection to ensure an organisation’s data stays secure wherever work happens.”

The Toughbook G2 comes with a standard three-year warranty which can be extended up to five years. It is available from Panasonic’s authorised network of reseller partners and Toughbook national distributor, Multimedia Technology starting at RRP $4,099.