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Today Panasonic announced that the world’s first 4K tablet will be available in Europe, Japan, and USA, with European shipments starting during November. The Panasonic Toughpad 4K will enable photographers, architects, cinematographers and other creative professionals to experience the cutting edge of high resolution tablet technology. Since this tablet is pen-enabled, its capabilities extend beyond the amazing viewing capabilities afforded by its 3,840 x 2,560 (beyond 4K Ultra HD) screen resolution.
From my first-hand experiences with near-production versions of the Panasonic Toughpad 4K, I can say that the 230 PPI screen is absolutely amazing and it makes diagrams, text, pictures, and video look incredible. The pen included with the Panasonic Toughpad 4K utilizes a special technology to achieve pixel-perfect accuracy. This positional precision is complemented by 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity which yields a high-fidelity pen input capability for writing, sketching, and UI input.
Here are some specs for the Panasonic Toughpad 4K:
Panasonic is calling the Toughpad 4K “business rugged” which means it’s capable of exceeding traditional consumer tablet durability expectations. In the first quarter of 2014 Panasonic is also releasing a high-performance version of this tablet (UT-MA6) which will offer greater performance for applications like 3D simulation and CAD design.
If you are looking for a tablet that can enhance your creative workflow, you should keep an eye on the Panasonic Toughpad 4K! Stay tuned here as I am planning more coverage of this exciting new PC. If you want to know more about this tablet now, you can visit the UK Panasonic website.
*Update: overview on availability:
Europe: Available November 2013
Japan: Availability will be announced September 2013
USA: Availability will be announced November 2013
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@NLPsajeeth I've used tablet PC's since the TC1000 and even then the pens (digitizer) we the size of normal pens. Does this one really NEED to be this size? Why use IR? do they just not want to pay WACOM?
Well its an active stylus not a passive stylus like those used on iPads.
However it is unlike other active styluses found on Wacom and N-Trig digitizers as this uses IR for pen tracking. This is likely what is making it big. Considering its size it may also even take AAA batteries.
Wow, that is an impressive Tablet but what is with the massive pen?!