Panasonic's 20 inch Windows 8.1 tablet coming to U.S. in January for $5,999

Panasonic first showed off its impressive 20-inch tablet running on Windows 8 at CES nearly a year ago. The device, with a display resolution of 3840x2560, is supposed to start shipping to European customers later this month. Today, Panasonic revealed that the U.S. market will get the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 tablet in January, but it comes will a steep price tag of $5,999.

Panasonic's hardware specs for the U.S. version show that it will have Windows 8.1 Pro, with an Intel Core i5 processor inside with a 1.9GHz clock speed. The tablet will have 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. It also will have a NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M graphics chip with 2GB of VRAM and a 720p webcam. There's just one USB 3.0 port, along with a microSD card slot and a SmartCard reader. The tablet itself has a magnesium alloy frame and a glass fiber reinforced case which Panasonic claims can withstand a drop of up to 2 1/2 feet.

There is a Desktop Dock that's sold as an optional accessory in case you want to use it as an all-in-one PC, along with an Electronic Touch Pen stylus. The 5.27 pound tablet has an estimated battery life of up to two hours.

Source: Panasonic via The Verge | Image via Panasonic

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You're paying for a 4K display on a tablet. The takeaway is that at least they didn't skimp on the hardware. This device will crush an A7. Could have probably used another USB port though.

unkle stu said,
You're paying for a 4K display on a tablet. The takeaway is that at least they didn't skimp on the hardware. This device will crush an A7.

Are you seriously comparing the processing power of this $6,000 device with that of a $500 iPad? What's next? Are you gonna tell us that a Bugatti Veyron destroys an Audi A8?

I waited for this since CES, but when I saw the price (some weeks ago), I changed my mind. Should've been half that.

Hi boys, and girls. Don't think this is designed for the casual user. It is probable that it is designed for engineers who use programs like CADS, drawing programs that would be used by marketing companies, etc. First thing I thought was this would make an excellent Christmas present for oldest son who is an engineer who works in Autocad all day long.

I think theres room in the market for larger tablets, this could have been a good test for it but at that price with the 4K display these won't sell enough to quantify any useful data.

The other issue being battery life to power larger displays, whilst you do get more room to place a battery, you also have to keep the weight down as much as possible.

In any case im sure well see mainstream 13"+ tablets in 2014.

absolutely, I'd love one. To be able to edit my photos onsite on a display with that res would be hugely beneficial.
I just don't like the battery life

Interesting. Not a single mention anywhere about what the battery life will be like.
This thing will fail if the battery in it sucks. And at that price tag it BETTER have the best battery available.
I bet that's why even their own promotional video didn't mention any specs on the battery - it probably does not hold a charge long with those other internal components.

Oh right, Very last sentence.
2 hours, That is pitiful, they should have put a beefier battery inside that thing.
Good luck to the architect from the video running AutoCAD on the battery... Probably will get a solid hours use out of it...lol

Ok it's ridiculous but let's be honest - we all wouldn't mind having one I mean, wow.

On a serious note as a business product it's well priced - this is nothing for professionals..

Fawzi Breidi said,
the lenovo hardware is very close to this and goes for $800.

you are leaving out the 4K display which is EXPENSIVE at the current time

4th Generation Intel Core i5-4200U Processor (1.60GHz 1600MHz 3MB)
13.3" QHD+ LED Glossy Multi-touch 3200x1800

not 4k, but very close and amazingly decent specs for a price you cant beat.
the device in this article is a rip off. u will be amazed when this goes to less than 1k in less than a year.

Fawzi Breidi said,
4th Generation Intel Core i5-4200U Processor (1.60GHz 1600MHz 3MB)
13.3" QHD+ LED Glossy Multi-touch 3200x1800

not 4k, but very close and amazingly decent specs for a price you cant beat.
the device in this article is a rip off. u will be amazed when this goes to less than 1k in less than a year.

Look into the prices of 4K displays and think again, also take into account that 4K displays are not a mass product so companies cant benefit from the cheaper production costs associated with technologies that do become mass produced.

Seriously 4k is expensive, this tablet may not be for you or me but its not a rip off, its just very very early and I would imagine geared up to fill a small niche along with help promote the company (just like f1 cars are not rip offs, and your std road car makers make them to showcase their talent).

Two hours of battery life doesn't make it really...mobile. I can see how it would benefit architects or other artists and whatnot, but that price is quite steep.

I'm guessing the price is quite steep because they don't want the general public or just anyone buying these. They are a low-volume product, and due to the size the components inside are probably more expensive too.

Sszecret said,
Two hours of battery life doesn't make it really...mobile. I can see how it would benefit architects or other artists and whatnot, but that price is quite steep.

its a 4k display, with the hardware to run it correctly. Of course this is for a niche market and to showcase the company and pioneers of 4k tablets.

only a small amount of people will want this (want as in can also justify the price, so want for a business reason/edge). Also, its obviously not meant to be mobile as in walking around with it day to day, but passing around a conference table maybe?

I would suspect it has to do with volume... e.g. this is a low-volume product and therefore will require a higher sale price in order to recover R&D and product costs.

Mister Chief said,
1. Hardware costs = 800

2. ???

3. Profit!

2. would be that 4k UHD touch screen display
4. would be the casing designed to protect the device from that 2 and a half feet drop

Thief000 said,
At 20"?
Yes, while 4K is REALLY REALLY nice (I would love to get my hands on a 27"-30" 4K monitor), right now the price point is out of reach for most people, having a 1080p version or 2560 x 1440 would bring he price down A LOT