Panasonic's 20 inch 4K Windows 8 tablet to be released in Europe "shortly"

We've been following the saga of Panasonic's 20 inch Windows 8 tablet ever since it was first announced at CES in January. The company, which also releases Toughbook notebooks with Microsoft's operating systems, is supposed to have an insane display resolution of 3840x2560, which is a tad higher than the normal 4K resolution of 3840x2160.

Today, Panasonic showed off the tablet once again as part of its IFA press conference in Berlin. CNet reports that the product, which apparently still doesn't have a proper name yet, is supposed to be released in Europe "shortly" according to statements from Panasonic.

However, there's still a lot we don't know about the tablet, like what hardware it has inside, including its weight and battery life and most importantly the cost of this massive tablet. Hopefully we will learn more about these important details "shortly" as well, including when and if Panasonic will launch the product in the U.S.

While the company is promoting this new Windows 8 product, Reuters reports that Panasonic is getting out of the consumer smartphone market, with its president Kazuhiro Tsug saying that it will end up losing over $11 million in its mobile division in its current fiscal year.

Source: CNet | Image via Microsoft

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Exactly, or for pro's to showcase portfolios in their office. This beast would show a 10 Megapixel photo in crisp 1:1 resolution which would look pretty great. Basically an interactive canvas. The uses _are_ niched, but I think I can see where they want to go with this one.

Am I missing something here? 20" tablet? who on earh would buy one of them? It's a tablet its meant to be portable so you can take it with you, 20" isn't exactly the most portable size. And I would dread the cost of repair when taking it on the underground and some one slams into you which the cracks the screen or worse due to the size.

mnl231 said,
Am I missing something here? 20" tablet? who on earh would buy one of them?

Professionals and corporations, particularly in artistic or design businesses, wishing to demo stuff for their clients. I definitely think it's a tablet, just not a portable one. I think a tablet is more about the form factor than the size.

Probable specs:

Display: 20.0 inch IPS Alpha Panel
Resolution: 3840 x 2560 pixels (230 ppi): Approx. 16.77 million colors
Aspect Ratio: 15:10
OS: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
CPU: Intel Core i5 3427U vPro 1.80 GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
Memory: 4GB (max.16GB)
Flash Memory Drive (SSD): 128GB
Interface: High resolution digital pen (Anoto Live pen), Electrostatic multi-touchpanel (10 fingers)
Wireless: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0
USB Port: USB2.0 x 1
Expansion Slots: microSD memory card slot x 1 (supports microSDXC memory card)
Embedded Camera: Resolution: HD 720P, Effective pixels: max. 1280×720 pixel
Battery Life: Approx. 2 hours (using internal battery)
Size: 18.7" (W) x 13.1" (D) x 0.4" (H)
Weight: 5.3 lbs

Source: panasonic.com

The real question : Why? 20 inch tablet? 4K? Does it include a digitizer/Wacom?

That's not a tablet, that's a slim / portable AIO computer.

TruckWEB said,
The real question : Why? 20 inch tablet? 4K? Does it include a digitizer/Wacom?

That's not a tablet, that's a slim / portable AIO computer.

My thoughts exactly.

TruckWEB said,
The real question : Why? 20 inch tablet? 4K? Does it include a digitizer/Wacom?

That's not a tablet, that's a slim / portable AIO computer.


I agree. Its definitely NOT a tablet. Its computer monitor pretending to be a tablet.
Can you imagine lugging that thing around. You would look like a fool. I don't care what resolution it has.

At least it does not have a camera (on the back).... Just imagine taking a picture with a small 20" tablet!! LOL Now you would look like a fool!!!

TruckWEB said,
The real question : Why? 20 inch tablet? 4K? Does it include a digitizer/Wacom?

That's not a tablet, that's a slim / portable AIO computer.

20" is not a TABLET but a TABLE.

jd100 said,

I agree. Its definitely NOT a tablet. Its computer monitor pretending to be a tablet.
Can you imagine lugging that thing around. You would look like a fool. I don't care what resolution it has.

Haha, doh! It's not meant for lugging around or to browse Neowin with on the plane! It's a large format tablet for corporate shows and presentations, or maybe for a professional photographer or artist to present his/her portfolio. Both the size (with potentially many persons viewing at the same time) and resolution would make sense in these scenarios.

DARKFiB3R said,
Battery life measured in minutes?

From article:
However, there's still a lot we don't know about the tablet, like what hardware it has inside, including its weight and battery life and most importantly the cost of this massive tablet.

RatherLargeBear said,
You asked a question it was answered. If it was an rhetorical question you didn't need answering then maybe you should have said so, or not bothered posting the question
Okay, while you took this whole situation a little too seriously. . . I do believe that simply adding a question mark to the end of an expression does not necessarily make it a proper question anyway.

Honestly, give it an hdmi in. I'd then set it on my(obnoxiously large) coffee table. I suspect I'd use my old 47" that's 15 feet away less and less.