Panasonic's 20 inch Toughpad 4K tablet with Windows 8.1 ships in November

After months of waiting to hear any news about Panasonic's 20-inch 4K resolution tablet that it showed off at CES in January, we finally have a launch window. Engadget reports that the tablet, which now has the official Panasonic Toughpad 4K name, will ship out in November and will have Windows 8.1 installed.

The report states that the tablet, with its extremely impressive 3840x2560 resolution in a 15:10 aspect ratio, will include a Anoto Live Pen that's designed to give users some precise control over writing, drawing and more on the tablet. Since this is a "Toughpad", Panasonic says it has been made to survive a 2.5 foot fall with no problems.

Panasonic will actually be releasing two versions of the Toughpad 4K tablet. In November, the Standard edition will be released with 4GB of RAM that can be expanded to 8GB, along with a 128GB SSD. The Performance model will launch in early 2014 and will have 8GB of memory, with expansion options up to 16GB, and a 256GB SSD. Both versions will have an Intel Core i5 processor, a NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M GPU, three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI out, and an SD card slot. The tablet itself will weigh about five pounds and Panasonic claims it will have six hours of battery life.

And the price? Panasonic claims the Standard version of the Toughpad 4K will cost 4,508 euros in Europe, or about $6,000. Pricing for the Performance version has yet to be revealed. By the way, Microsoft says, via their Windows blog, that the tablet will go on sale later this week but Engadget claims, in speaking with Panasonic officials, that this information is incorrect.

Source: Engadget | Image via Panasonic

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The price on this is a ripoff. Have you seen what $3500-$4000 gets you in a 15.6" form factor on the upcoming MSI GT60 3K? Full 3K IPS display, built-in headphone amp, Intel Hasewell Extreme Edition Processor, GeForce GTX 780M, fully loaded with SSD / tons of RAM.. but the point, they loaded the hell out of it, and have near equivalent 3K display on there, and it doesn't cost $6000.

I know the most expensive thing on this Panasonic tablet is the screen, but $6000 for that crap? that is nearly 5000 for the screen alone, and less than a $1000 for the other hardware in there. At least on the MSI GT60 3K, you're paying nearly $2500-$3000 for the hardware, leaving $500-$1000 for the 3K display. The 4K on the Panasonic is larger, true, but still about the same pixel density as the 3K display, .. how do they justify the $4000 markup for the extra 4.4 inches of screen space? o.o

I know some graphic artists that would probably like this. Right now they just have a digital drawing tablet, which in my opinion is more like using an awkward mouse rather than drawing. The difference being you have to look at the screen and not the pen tip.

Jimmy James said,
For people with deep pockets.
Architects, engineers, artists and graphic designers generally do have deep pockets, which this product would be very suitable for, especially if the pen is accurate enough to replace their graphics tablet.

I've found pen screens do not work that well. Besides getting all grungy, you spend a relatively small amount of time actually using the pen and the rest of the time you use the keyboard and mouse fine tuning the design. The only application I could see is non-technical drawing work and usually those people work at Starbucks.

You can't be serious and call a 20" screen & full computer "a tablet"... How easy is it going to carry around? It's even going to be to big to use on the couch...

TruckWEB said,
You can't be serious and call a 20" screen & full computer "a tablet"... How easy is it going to carry around? It's even going to be to big to use on the couch...

I've seen comments on previous articles at different sites with various people - particularly engineers and architects - saying this would be a really good alternative to paper blueprints. So I guess for those people (i.e. - they have cars, trucks, etc at construction sites so mobility is less of a problem) this is a nice thing to have.

Yeah..but $6K nice?

It'd be nuts for "in the field". I'd rather buy 17 Surface RT tablets for that price and hand them out to the guys. They can just scroll around the blueprints. I'd still have money to buy them all coffee.

"In the office". Sure. You'd wow the crap out of customers/potential customers and be ultra productive.

That's not a tablet, it's a monitor. It would be better marketed as a comptetitor to PixelSense (ex-Surface table). That would make more sense.

Shadowzz said,
How can this possibly compete with PixelSense, look up the feature list of PixelSense

Ok, maybe that was a bit of a stretch. But size-wise it's more of a small coffee table than a tablet.

Far enough, it is massive
But I would like these things, as you could now build your own PixelSense-like coffee table. Just needs object recognition