I usually leave the discussion of new tablets to our friends at Gadgetell and Appletell, for obvious reasons, but Panasonic has announced the release of a tablet that falls well outside of the normal mobile computing and entertainment domain. The new Toughpad 4K, as you may have gathered from the name, is a 3,840 x 2,560 — or Ultra HD — resolution tablet set to hit shelves in January, according to Engadget. What the Toughpad 4K’s name doesn’t tell you, though, is that this tablet measures a staggering twenty inches, weighs 5.27 pounds, and carries a price tag of $5,999.
The Toughpad 4K runs on Windows 8.1, boasts 8GB of RAM, comes with a 256GB SSD, and is powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU. And as you can see from the video below, it’s primarily positioned as a productivity product, ideal for architecture, digital artwork, photo and video editing, and use in the healthcare and entertainment industries.
Given all of that screen real estate, as well as the fact that it’s designed for easy desktop docking, you may be looking at the Toughpad 4K and thinking, “Ooo, gaming!” Not so fast, though. As Tom’s Hardware recently discovered, the bare minimum graphics hardware needed for anything approaching acceptable Ultra HD gaming performance is a pair of GeForce GTX 780 GPUs. The single Nvidia GeForce GT 745M GPU found in the Toughpad 4K is certainly a hoss when it comes to mobile graphics, and I have no doubt that it’ll do well with video, photos, and CAD files. But it isn’t anywhere near sufficient for gaming.
Still, though, the productivity potential — not to mention the entertainment potential — is through the roof. The Toughpad 4K also features ten-point multi-touch capabilities, along with a Wacom-like pen that looks to be amazing for digital painting.
Alas, it’s way out of my budget. But if you’ve got six grand lying around and you’re looking for a tablet unlike anything any of your friends have — assuming you don’t mind the two-hour battery life — you only have to wait a couple more months for the Toughpad 4K to hit US stores.