Wacom announces Cintiq Companion tablets, built for artists and graphics designers

Wacom announces Cintiq Companion tablets, built for artists and graphics designers
When we bring you news about a tablet carrying a super-steep price tag, the device in question is either made of precious metals, or designed to withstand a small explosion. This case, however, is a little bit different. Wacom – a company known for its professional products built for digital artists and graphics designers – has unveiled a couple of tablets aimed at that particular demographic.

The more expensive of the two is known as the Wacom Cintiq Companion and runs Windows 8. In terms of hardware, it comes with a 13.3-inch, 1920x1080 pixel display, third-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and Intel HD Graphics 4000 – plenty of punch to run even heavy drawing or image-editing software. Included in the set is a must-have tool for any professional graphics designer, namely the Wacom Pro-Pen digital stylus with 2048 pressure sensitivity levels. 

The Cintiq Companion Hybrid looks similar to Wacom's Windows 8 slate, but lifting its hood up reveals quite a few differences. First of all, the company's other tablet runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. What truly makes it special, however, is that the Hybrid can be connected to a Mac or a PC, acting a second screen on which one can draw. Hardware specs include a 13.3-inch display with resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 4 SoC, and 2GB of RAM, meaning that the device will rank among the most capable Android slates on the market. Wacom's Pro-Pen is also bundled with the device, along with the Wacom Creative Canvas software. 

But as we already hinted, the Wacom Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Companion Hybrid won't come cheap. When it is launched in October, the Windows 8 model with retail for $2000 or $2500 depending on whether you want a 256- or 512GB SSD installed. The more affordable Android-based alternative will be released in September, carrying a $1500 and $1600 price tag for its 16- and 32GB variants respectively. 

Alternatively, one can always grab just a stylus if the above two tablets are beyond their budget. Wacom's new Intuos Creative Stylus may be just the thing – it connects to an iPad over Bluetooth and handles 2048 levels of pressure. The accessory works with the company's Bamboo app for iOS, as well as with third-party software like Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Procreate. It will be on the market in early October for $100. 

source: Wacom via Gizmodo



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Wacom go home...your drunk! ;( .. bs aside.. seems like decent hardware

2. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

2000$ haha better of getting a decent macbook air

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Macbook dont have wacom pen support...better yet,, one of these. ;-)http://www.modbook.com/modbookpro

4. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

looks cool but my macbook costs half that and it has a discrete video card, I dual boot windows 8 using boot camp so the only thing I dont have is that nifty little pen. and lol at 1200x800 res on a "artist's" tablet

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Niceeee.....heres My setup is Dualboot OSX/windows 8 pro Gygabyte intel Z77 LGA 1155 Intel quadcore i7 3770 16Gb ram (more coming soon) Gforce gtx670 FTW 4069MB Display 65"VIZIO HDTV Lol my gaming rig

6. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

cool man, Im in college right now so I dont have time to build my rig, but my macbook pro can play EU4 so that should suffice for now

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

There you go.. thats all that matters..fits your needs. :)

8. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Even better, you go ahead and pay $5000 for that

9. Zephyron

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

Not bad actually That kind of price is okay for those who use these for work, especially for those who don't wanna be locked down in one place and don't have the knowhow to build a portable system themselves I can see this being useful for getting ideas down or working while travelling, but the Android arting software available out there needs to mature first... Would love to see programs like SAI ported over to the platform for example, now with this things coming around Frankly speaking, for a toy tablet, like most other android tablets (save for maybe the Note series), the price will be costly, but since this one will be used for productivity, a completed work or the assistance it provides the artist to get the work done will let it pay for itself within not too long a period of time It's convenient in a sense... Was travelling with my laptop, wacom tablet to attend cons in the US and the Olympics in the UK last year, but the laptop/tablet combo was relatively cumbersome overall Hoping that the overall app/UI development that will take place based on this product will be artist friendly That said, for the Windows platform, no problems on the productivity front

14. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I am not entirely sure why Wacom is going to bother with marketing an Android version, given that Adobe Creative Suite and other important graphic, web, and video editing applications are unavailable for machines running Android OS. However, I have an Intuos 5 drawing tablet (large size), and these are the best of their class. Wacom's gear is very pricey, but there is no substitute...

10. Market_Anal_yst

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

In Merica the price is quite adequate, but in Europe Wacom Cintiq Companion costs around 2800 $.

11. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

This is for professionals only, but Wacom seems to have made a deadly alternative with the creative stylus. iPad 5 plus that accessory might be too good of a digital drawing/painting combination for less than half the price

12. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

This thing will be pretty damn good for animators and graphics designers, it isn't meant to take a large part of the market.

13. ThatGuyThat007

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

THE WACO'S AT WACOM ARE PULLING A FAST ONE! I, like a number of creatives, purchased the Cintiq 13HD, along side te Mac Book Air, which has a 12 hour battery life, as oppose to the new Wacom Companion, which only has a 6 hour battery life. They (meaning Wacom) designed this tablet (meaning the Cintiq 13HD) with a 3 in 1 chord. 1. a power chord 2. a usb chord 3. HDMI display chord As I'm sure most of you know, the power chord is DETACHABLE from the 3 in 1 chord, with a connector that looks like your old iphone power chord, but is just different enough that it is not compatible. Now, I contacted the waco's at Wacom and the jerks have no plans of releasing a stand alone lithium ion battery to make the Cintiq 13HD a portable device. Which is perfectly doable and would most likely happen via a third party company if the jerks hadn't customized the connector to the plug. Hello guys! They did this for a reason! They introduced the Cintiq 13HD to fish the market! They put it out there to see if we would bite... and we did... and then moved on to a "more portable unit." So stop cheerleading! They aren't on your side! They are... as I've stated... pulling a fast one, on let's face it, the poorest subculture there is in the world at large... ARTISTS!

15. Cgarwood

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

I think everyone is missing the point here. I never in a million years thought I would ever purchase a cintiq. However, since making the decision to become a professional artist, the choice is very clear. Wacom Cintiq Companion for me. This superb product is going to free me from the USB cables, Wacom Tablets, my mac book pro, and my Samsung Tablet. Actually I'll bring the tablet along for a reference image, music, and my netflix movies. I'm seriously on pin's and needles just imagining myself sitting on my porch painting the beautiful sunsets, or just kicking back and painting while my daughter is playing on the playground. Just me, a comfortable position, and awesome creation happening whenever, and wherever. My daily routine at starbuck's looks like this. Setting up my mac book pro, setting up my tablet, setting up my cintiq, and taking one and a half spots at the counter to do so. At home my desk is my sanctuary, but I get inspired when i'm away from my desk. The cintiq companion will allow me to capture these fleeting moments of inspiration when they arrive, even if it means me pulling over into a parking lot and whipping out my companion when I need to get a thought out of my head..... When I took painting 1 in college, i couldn't figure out why my work was turning out so subpar. My art professor Mr. Smith leant me some of his paints and brushes, and kindly told me privately that an "Artist is only as good as his tools."

16. Kuttyjoe

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

I think first of all, it's weird that this article appears on Phone Arena. And if you're not a professional artist then how can some people have such strong opinions about what makes sense with this product? People are comparing this product to Macbooks! It's a ridiculous comparison. This device is a drawing surface. Yes it happens to be a PC as well and that's great, but it's a tool that artists use for making money. If that doesn't describe your usage scenario, then you're likely offering an opinion in the wrong thread. This product is aimed squarely at professional artists who understand what it does for them. They can decide for themselves if it makes sense pricewise. As a professional, I've been using Wacom products for years. Whether or not the price makes sense is jist a matter of economics. There are cheaper options. Traditional tablet PC's are extremely compelling. I've been using those for uears now and I'm very happy with my choice. The real advantage for me of the Cintiq companion is the physical buttons on the tablet. The physical buttoms give access to key modifiers needed for fast work in graphic software.

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