Panasonic’s Toughpad is the first 20 inch 4K Windows 8 tablet in the world

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“4K” in direct reference to the high resolution video and display it is associated with is the new buzzword in the tech world. Have you seen a 1080p display? Seen how sharp it is? A 4K display is at least 4 times that! We have seen smartphones like the Galaxy Note 3 show up with 4K video recording capabilities and the question everyone has been asking is why do you need that? Where will you play 4K video? On a Windows 8 tablet perhaps? While you figure out how to answer that, Panasonic wants you to see the bright side of things. It just announced its 20 inch 4K Windows 8 tablet at the ongoing GITEX Technology Week for the Middle East market.

The tablet has been showcased before and is already available in some markets like Japan and should be available in many more starting this November.

Here are the specs of the Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5:

  • 20.0 inch IPS Alpha Panel, 15:10 ratio, 3840 x 2560 pixels (230 ppi)
  • 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 745M graphics
  • 4GB of RAM, expandable to 8GB
  • 128GB SSD
  • Weighs 2.3kg
  • High resolution digital pen with 2048 pressure levels of sensitivity (Anoto Live pen), Electrostatic multi-touchpanel
  • 720p web cam
  • 2 hours battery life
  • Windows 8.1
  • Has an Optional dock  that provides: smart card reader and a desktop cradle that includes LAN, HDMI and three USB 3.0 ports – making the UT-MB5 an all-in-one PC.

The device, as you can notice from the image above, has a rugged, carbon-fiber case designed to withstand a lot of abuse.

Pricing? Of course as expected it will be steep and it could go for as much as $6000.

In case you were wondering what you will do with all that jaw dropping screen real estate, Panasonic chimes in to help with a case scenario:

An editor comes into the room carrying a 4k tablet with him, lays it flat on the table and switches it on to show the catalog data for perusal by the editorial staff. While they check each page of the print-ready catalog by tapping and swiping the touchscreen, the editor jots down instructions for color changes directly on the screen using the digital pen and transfers them to the printing company. The meeting wraps up after they make a final check of the revised data returned from the printer to ensure the changes have been made correctly.

Others who can benefit from the Toughpad UT-MB5 are photographers, museum curators, architects, designers etc.

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