Panasonic's 20-inch 4K Windows 8.1 Tablet Ships To US Users In January For $6000

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News Posted: Sat, Nov 9 2013 6:41 AM
Here's a question: is it truly possible to produce a 20-inch handheld device and get away with calling it a tablet? Evidently so, at least if you're asking Panasonic. The longstanding electronics company has just announced that the planet's first 4K tablet will begin shipping in the United States early next year, but there are two problems that jump out from the start. First of all, you'll need to grow larger hands to adequately manhandle a 20-inch slate. Secondly, the MSRP looks to be around $6,000, so you'll need to spend your entire holiday bonus (and then some) in order to get one.


If neither of those seem like huge drawbacks, the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 packs a 3840x2560 resolution display (thats' 230 pixels per inch at a 15:10 aspect ratio), Intel's Core i5-3437U vPro processor, NVIDIA's GeForce 745M GPU, and Windows 8.1 Pro. There's also a spacious 256GB SSD, 2GB of VRAM, 8GB of system memory, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, an SDXC card slot, docking connector, and a 720p webcam on the front.


At 0.49-inches thick and 5.27lbs., it even makes the original iPad feel dainty, and given the two-hour battery life, you better stick pretty close to a wall charger. But look, it's a 4K tablet!
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A 20 inch tablet?

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2 hour battery life? ....what's the point of even making this a tablet?

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2 hour battery life? ....what's the point of even making this a tablet?

Agreed, I'd say they made it for bragging rights.

 

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Nov 9 2013 6:45 PM

Well, to be fair, there are very niche' video production applications that could utilize a portable 4K display with processing/editing on board (as shown in the pic) but they can afford the price tag too. :)

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Yeah, that price is a beeyaach!

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Might be something with mechanics in mind.. it does say toughpad on the back.

I'd imagine this thing mounted on a wall in an auto garage or something similar.

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I doubt mechanics have much need of a 4K screen in their garage. And if it's mounted on the wall, they'd be better off with a much cheaper all-in-one computer with a larger (lower-res) screen. Panasonic's Toughbook line IS intended for professional use though, but the types likely to make use of something like this would be more along the lines of professional photographers and videographers, who could perform detailed editing in the field.

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