Staying cool and monkey-proof was Panasonic's global launch of their latest refresh of their Toughbook line though this time around, no monkeys were involved (though hot babes were spotted). The launch saw the R, T, W, Y series of ToughBooks enhanced with the latest Intel Centrino 2 technology and also the birth of the newest addition to the family: the Toughbook CF-F8. This new notebook will lead the series' hardware refresh with a new take on the rugged business notebook model with a built-in handle and a wide 14.1-inch WXGA screen.
Apart from the Toughbooks, the Panasonic higher-ups also spoke to the audience on their design philosophy of listening to their consumers which resulted in the above mentioned CF-F8's handle. They also spoke about their focus on designing a notebook based on survey results conducted by IDC Japan which highlighted that consumers in Japan were interested in lightweight notebooks that also have a long battery life .