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Preliminary CF-20 Guide
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Author:  Karl Klammer [ Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Preliminary CF-20 Guide

( Preliminary version, trying to consolidate all information of CF-20 is coming out... thread and then some more )

The Toughbook 20 is a fully rugged, lightweight detachable laptop with a removable keyboard
that transforms into a fully functioning tablet with just one hand.
It is the first fully rugged detachable laptop in the market and features a magnesium alloy chassis and durable MIL-STD-810G and IP65 design.
At only 3.9 pounds, it’s good on the go with a clever built in handle that also functions as a kickstand,
an optional bridge battery which allows hot swappable battery replacement without disruption
and the broadest range of ports and integrated options in its class.
The Panasonic Toughbook 20 comes with a display that allows you to touch the screen with or without gloves.
Its sunlight-viewable 800 nit IPS alpha display with direct bonding enables wider viewing angles and richer colors.

It was announced on 2015-11-09 and is supposed to be available in Februar/March 2016.


Key Features
Versatility: World’s first fully rugged detachable PC, combining the best features of laptop and tablet.
Processor: Intel® CoreTM m5-6Y57 vProTM Processor (4MB cache, 1.1GHz up to 2.8 GHz with Intel®
Turbo Boost Technology).
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro operating system with option to downgrade to Windows 7.
Display: 10.1” WUXGA 1920 x 1200 (224 PPI) sunlight-viewable 800 nit IPS display
Memory & Storage: 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD (upgradeable to 256GB or 512GB).
Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 515.
Battery Life: An identical, removable, full-shift 2600mAh battery comes standard in the tablet and as
an option in the keyboard dock
Hot Swappable: Optional bridge battery allows batteries to be hot swapped for continuous use.
Durability: Designed to meet MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and IP65. (180cm tablet-only drop, 120cm tablet+keyboard drop)
Connectivity: A variety of ports on both tablet and keyboard dock for maximum portability and
flexibility including USB (including one high powered 1.5A USB), SDXC, HDMI, VGA, Serial, Ethernet,
Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dual Pass Antenna, optional 4G LTE multi carrier or Dedicated GPS.

Panasonic documents
- CF-20 Announcement
- CF-20 Spec Sheet
- CF-20 Solution Guide
- CF-19 / CF-20 Comparison
- CF-20 Product Page
- CF-20 FAQ
- Touchscreen Display Technology, your in-depth guide

- Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 Review: The Toughest 2-in-1 @ NBR
- RuggedPC Review
- Expert Reviews
- Panasonic CF-20 Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly @ NBR
- CF-20 Review! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! @ TBT
- CF-20 Video Walkthrough by TheRuggedStore

- 3:40 Two Parts. One Story.
- 2:50 Overview
- 3:24 Six modes
- 3:58 Launchday Interview Paul Davidson

- 0:34 Agri Con
- 2:09 Statnett
- 2:14 Nederlands Loodswezen
- 2:43 Axira Ambulance

- CF-20 is coming out... @ TBT
- CF-20 @ NBR

Inofficial FAQ
Will the CF-20 replace the CF-19?
Panasonic has not released a statement on this topic yet - the question has been raised to US Sales support on 2015-11-11 06:57 UTC.
The following points support this assumption:
- numbering scheme
- CF-19 / 20 Comparison sheet (see above section Panasonic Documents)
- roughly same target audience and rugged specs
- would make (business-)sense to bundle cf-19, cf-h2, fz-g1, maybe cf-c2 resources into "the perfect all-round rugged notebook" (quote Two Parts One Story video)
- RuggedPC Review describes cf-20 as successor to cf-19
The many differences, which effectively turn the cf-20 into an entirely different platform, probably work against this assumption:
- cf-20: detachable laptop with two ~30wh batteries, 800nit capacitive ips alpha 16:10 with hdmi+vga, fixed ssd, fixed 8g ram, webcam+mic
- cf-19: convertible laptop with one ~60wh battery, 1.000nit resistive circulumin 4:3 with vga, quick-release hdd/ssd, 4-16g ram, pcmcia+expresscard+firewire

What is the drop rating?
according to Launchday Interview Paul Davidson video:
- 180cm (6 foot) for tablet only
- 120cm (4 foot) for tablet+keyboard

Author:  EdFromBJCS [ Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Preliminary CF-20 Guide

Capacitive touch :-/

That's gonna be a bummer for people who wear work gloves.

Author:  Rob [ Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Preliminary CF-20 Guide

You can use gloves. The G1 is the same way.

I do agree that resistive is better though but I think they're getting away from it because it's not sensitive enough.

Author:  EdFromBJCS [ Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Preliminary CF-20 Guide

Capacitive also acts up in high humidity or wet environments. I generally prefer to use a capacitive touch, but I can't see the CF-20 being a true CF-19 replacement without resistive.

Author:  Rob [ Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Preliminary CF-20 Guide

EdFromBJCS wrote:
Capacitive also acts up in high humidity or wet environments. I generally prefer to use a capacitive touch, but I can't see the CF-20 being a true CF-19 replacement without resistive.


I've even noticed that the touchpad on my 53 screws up in high humidity because it's capacitive as well, not resistive like the 19 and 31.


Author:  Karl Klammer [ Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Preliminary CF-20 Guide

Has anyone experienced issues with toughpads in rain and/or high humidity?
Please also specify if you have been using multi-touch mode or rain mode for the described experiences.

A quick search for toughpad rain on TBT and NBR did not turn up any interesting results on this topic.

Author:  Karl Klammer [ Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:18 am ]
Post subject:  cf20 and cf33 seem to be dead ends

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