Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Toughbook 53 semi-rugged laptop. With a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, up to 15 hours of battery life, Windows 8.1 Pro Update or Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8.1 Pro), and enhanced wireless connectivity, the Toughbook 53 now more than ever serves as a reliable and versatile tool for mobile workers in demanding markets such as insurance, construction and the military. In 1998, Panasonic created the first semi-rugged mobile computer, and the Toughbook 53 continues this legacy today with enterprise-grade durability and purpose-built features beyond those of a consumer-grade laptop. With features such as a 14" sunlight-readable optional touchscreen, anti-reflective and anti-glare HD display, and optional 4G LTE multi carrier mobile broadband with satellite GPS - as well as a magnesium alloy case with handle, spill-resistant keyboard and certification from an independent third party to survive a 3-foot drop - the semi-rugged Toughbook 53 is built to assure a high long-term return on investment for a diverse range of users in enterprise and government. The Toughbook 53 is available in two models - a model with a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive, optional touchscreen and up to 15 hours of battery life depending on usage conditions; and another model with a 320GB 5400rpm hard drive and up to 10 hours of battery life depending on usage conditions. "A growing number of workers spend a significant amount of time working from the road, and these professionals expect their technology to offer performance and connectivity while at the same time keeping up with the rigors of their jobs," said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. "With its under-the-hood improvements, this next-generation Toughbook 53 is ideal for today's mobile workers who must stay productive in challenging conditions." Panasonic Toughbook 53: Key Improvements Advanced Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro Update 64-bit or Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8.1 Pro) Latest Processor: 4th generation Intel Core i5-4310U vPro Processor, (3MB cache, 2.0 GHz up to 3.0 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology) Improved Battery Performance: Up to 15 hours of continuous use depending on usage conditions for the 500GB hard drive model and up to 10 hours for 320GB hard drive model Enhanced Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac For a full list of specifications and more detailed information, visit this page. Pricing and Availability The Panasonic Toughbook 53 is available this August from authorized Panasonic resellers starting around $1,399. The Toughbook 53 includes a standard three-year limited warranty.