ToughBook G2: Panasonic launches new rugged 2-in-1 for ultimate versatility

Panasonic unveiled the Toughbook G2 and the new 2-in-1 combines the power and performance of a rugged laptop with the portability and versatility of a rugged tablet.

The device has been designed with ease of use and security in mind while providing mobile workers with access to important existing systems. It’s also more secure because it’s a Microsoft Secured-Core PC that runs Windows 10 but can be upgraded to Windows 11.

New additions to the Toughbook G2 include eSIM and 4G connectivity for field workers and the next generation 2-in-1 also features double the RAM and storage of its predecessor. Improved screen brightness makes the Toughbook G2 easier to use in direct sunlight while three customizable buttons on the front bezel of its display provide quick access to frequently used apps and settings.

The Toughbook G2 has a 10th Generation Intel Core (Quad Core) processor with Intel vPro technology and 16 GB of RAM, although it can be equipped with a total of 32 GB of RAM. The new 2-in-1 will be available in a standard SSD model and a quick-release model and the latter is ideal for data-sensitive industries such as emergency services, law enforcement and defense.

Accessories galore

Much like the Toughbook G1 and Toughbook 20 that came before it, the Toughbook G2 is compatible with a rich ecosystem of dedicated accessories, including vehicle docking stations that can be used with or without a keyboard, wrist straps, shoulder straps and cases with disinfectable options. It’s also worth noting that the G2 will be backward compatible with accessories from its two predecessors, including vehicle docking stations.

With the inclusion of a user-swappable expansion bay area, customers will be able to add contact and contactless smart card readers to the G2 for additional functionality. The Toughbook G2 can also be equipped with an optional emissive backlit keyboard that adds an additional USB-A and USB-C port. When mobile workers return from the field, the Toughbook G2 can be plugged into an optional Panasonic laptop docking station that allows the device to output in 4K to two external monitors.

Senior Product Marketing Director at Panasonic, Dirk Weigelt explained how the new Toughbook G2 outperforms its predecessors in a Press release, saying:

“Mobile workers loved the TOUGHBOOK G1 and 20, but the G2 will steal their hearts. It truly is the next-generation rugged device for the mobile workforce. It offers all the benefits of the latest technology, while retaining significant access to existing systems, all wrapped up in a device that is more flexible, secure and ultimately even more usable.

The Toughbook G2 will be available in late July and prices will start at € 2,450 / £ 2,218 + VAT in the EU and UK, although prices in the US have yet to be released.