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At the International CES 2013, the most unexpected announcement was Panasonic’s 4K Windows 8 tablet. It may be a tablet, or may be not. Depends on how you look at it. We were at the Panasonic booth at the CES, and after we took some photos of the humungous tablet, we decided to show it to you in moving pictures too, here’s the video -
The world’s first 4K tablet, from Panasonic, is ridiculous yet awesome. The screen is absolutely stunning to look at, and the idea of it running Windows 8 is reassuring. The tablet, or rather a smart display, if we are allowed to call it that, is actually made for artists, who want extreme control of creative content along with touch, which is enabled by Windows 8. For example, a photoshop work can go well, with an artist working on a 20 inch canvas with touch, or may be even collaborate real time with another, and that’s the idea. Here is a quick rundown of the specs -
- 4K resolution - 3840 x 2560, 9.83 million pixels IPS Alpha display
- 720p front-facing camera
- 1.8GHz Intel Corei5 3427U vPro processor with NVIDIA GeFore Graphics
- 4GB RAM(upto 16 GB RAM)
- 128GB SSD storage
- Connectivity - micro SD slot. WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 and USB 2.0 port.
- Weighs 2.4 kilograms
- Supports Digital Pen (Anoto live pen) input for natural handwriting.
Aimed completely at professionals, this tablet has no details of availability or pricing. But the direction is quite right when it comes to display technology, and we hope to see more 20 inch 4K monitors soon, that can be used on other computer screens. And of course, the 4K content is another issue we keep talking about, which, along with, probably the H.265 codec, will be fixed in time.
Bharadwaj contributed to this report, with inputs from Shilpa and Parth.