Panasonic showed off a crazy concept device at CES earlier this year: a 20-inch, 4K tablet. But that device is now going on sale -- for a price.
When we first saw the gigantic slate we weren't entirely convinced. At the time, we said:
The 15:10 tablet in Panny's booth at CES is relatively stacked: Windows 8 Pro on an 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor with NVIDIA GeForce Graphics, 4GB of memory and an 128GB SSD. Even with those powerful specs, the high-detail applications Panasonic envisions for these tablets don't move as fast as you'd expect.
Swiping and dragging can be very slow on large documents, but the insane detail of the screen and the precision of the touch-sensitivity are impressive. Using a Panasonic stylus, you can draw very finely and make very precise edits in Photoshop.
Fortunately, the device coming to the US has had its guts improved. There's now 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and the same Intel Core i5 CPU to sit alongside that 3840x2560 display. Panny claims that it weighs 2.4kg and has a battery life of just a couple of hours. Aimed at professionals in the "video production, architecture, design, photography and healthcare" sectors, it should cost $US6000. Bargain. [Engadget]