Panasonic's Toughpad 4K, the world's first tablet with a 3840x2560 resolution, delayed until mid-February

Panasonic's Toughpad 4K, the world's first tablet with a 3840x2560 resolution, delayed until mid-February
Japanese Panasonic is well-known for its successful, high-quality TVs, yet their involvement in the burgeoning mobile industry has been anything but. Following another local competitor, NEC, Panasonic chose to withdraw from the smartphone market back in September 2013 for good. Tablets, however, are seemingly something the company isn't as keen to quit on just yet, as the upcoming Panasonic Toughpad 4K is ambitious enough to try and snatch that world's first 4K panel on a tablet title.

There's a catch, of course. Firstly, the Toughpad 4K was showcased as far back as CES 2012, a near full year back, and the latest reports put the release of the slate at sometime in mid-February. And secondly, while we usually see tablets as portables, this doesn't quite apply to the Toughpad 4K as its 3840x2560 resolution display measures in at the whopping 20 inches (230ppi). This is a device for professionals, folks, and in fact, the entire marketing campaign surrounding the giant tablet has been aimed at such, with Panasonic trying to appeal to health care professionals, architects and designers. This makes sense, as the rest of the hardware on the tablet is also pretty awesome – an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor, Nvidia GeForce GT745M dedicated GPU, 256GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM. All of this pushing the newest, fanciest Windows 8.1 Pro, of course. As the 'tough' bit in the name of the device suggests, the Panaosnic gadget's magnesium alloy chassis is said to be able to hold together after drops from up to 2.5ft (on its bottom). Expected pricing for this rather big bad boy is said to start at around ¥450,000 or about $4400 USD.

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1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

OMG! All the features and specs are so cool even the design but $4400 USD. Seriously. That's too costly. 20" 4K great.

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

They should release the same thing with a 1080p display for around $100.

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Yeah first Windows needs to sort its damn DPI settings out.

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8. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Win 8 doesn't have that problem due to forcing it on all "metro" apps. It's all the older apps that didn't bother to follow the guidelines of dpi.

10. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah and metro apps are so damn horrible. Not in taskbar? right click for options?? Sure its touch friendly but make it mouse friendly too please.

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Imagine you pay $4k for the tablet only to find out that its screen has poor color reproduction and brightness calibration on top of the meek 4 hours onscreen battery life? Ultimate troll and hurt

6. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

That was the tablet I remember being comically large.

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

That right there is the future of PCs. Crazy cost now, but eventually this is what we'll all be using.

9. Shubham412302

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

great tablet but 15" would be better

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