Wacom announces Windows 8 Cintiq Companion tablet; coming in October

Wacom is well known for their digital graphics styluses and drawing tablets and today, the company revealed plans to launch a full fledged Windows 8 tablet product, the Cintiq Companion, that's being designed for the serious graphics artist and designer who wants to work on the go.

Wacom's press release states that there will be two models of the Cintiq Companion that will be sold. Both will have a 13.3 inch touchscreen, a third generation Intel Core processor and 8 GB of memory inside, along with an adjustable stand and a eight megapixel camera. One model will have a standard version of Windows 8 installed with 256 GB of SSD storage and the price of $1,999. The other model will have Windows 8 Pro and 512 GB of SSD storage for $2,499.

As with other Wacom hardware products, the Cintiq Companion will have its own exclusive features such as ExpressKeys, Rocker Ring and Radial Menu. It will also include the Pro Pen with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. The tablets are expected to ship sometime in October.

For those folks who want something a bit cheaper, Wacom has also announced the Cintiq Companion Hybrid, an Android 4.2 tablet with the same display size as the Windows 8 version. It has an quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and comes in 16 GB and 32 GB versions. It will launch in September for the starting price of $1,499.

Source: Wacom on PRNewswire.com | Image via Wacom

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It'll be interesting to see whether the big design names like Adobe, Corel, Autodesk and Quark jump onboard and support the platform now that a big name like Wacom has thrown their support behind Windows 8 on the tablet form factor.

I cant help but think that the surface pro can do what this can for cheaper. I have always found Wacom to be overpriced, and have always use tablets from trust or genius and they seem to work just as well for 10X less.

volodoscope said,
Really? Have you tried using Photoshop on Surface Pro? Go use it and come back. I wanna see your comment after that.

Have you? Stop spreading misinformation. Thanks.

Yes I have and it's a nightmare. There's no support of any kind for the stylus, no pressure sensitivity, no accuracy of pressure points and no support from Adobe. Thanks.

volodoscope said,
Yes I have and it's a nightmare. There's no support of any kind for the stylus, no pressure sensitivity, no accuracy of pressure points and no support from Adobe. Thanks.

Again, this isn't true. The updated driver from Wacom that has been out for months now added support for applications that use WinTab. That means full pressure sensitivity in Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.

It's not even close to what joke they released. That's not support, but simple gimmick. Can't compare quality of Wacom pen to cheap Microsoft one.

volodoscope said,
It's not even close to what joke they released. That's not support, but simple gimmick. Can't compare quality of Wacom pen to cheap Microsoft one.

Clearly you don't even know what you're complaining about. You're just making generic negative statements now. Just trolling I guess.

This is cool. A bit of a shame that it's not the new Halswell processors so I wonder what the battery life will be.

Will be interesting to see how it compares to the Surface Pro.

There's no support from Adobe for the Surface Pro and the pen so this is already a win. Wacom's own drives and software works very well with Adobe products.

volodoscope said,
There's no support from Adobe for the Surface Pro and the pen so this is already a win. Wacom's own drives and software works very well with Adobe products.

This isn't true, and hasn't been for many months now. Updated drivers from Wacom give full pen support in Adobe software.