Panasonic dazzles with 4K tablet
Device aimed at business users; said to be world's first 4K 20-inch tablet
Panasonic is focusing on a number of regional product launches, but chief among them is the unveiling of the world’s first 20-inch tablet with a 4K resolution display: the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5.
The Toughpad 4K is the flagship product in Panasonic’s new Ultra-High Definition tablet range. Displays with 4K resolutions carry horizontal pixel densities in the order of 4000, which is more than four times that of HD. At 3840 x 2560 pixels, the Toughpad 4K is a tablet aimed at business users, concentrating on collaborative working with touchscreen capabilities, and a Panasonic Electronic Touch Pen for pin-point accuracy and annotation. The pen is said to deliver a “paper-like feel for sketching, annotation or handwriting”.
It uses infrared signals to distinctly read every single pixel on the screen and communicate it with the tablet via Bluetooth, making it stand apart from more common capacitive digitisers, Panasonic argues. The stylus is able to recognise and record the pen’s tilt and can interpret 2048 levels of pressure, ensuring the smallest detail of drawing or handwriting is reflected.
With its 15:10 aspect ratio, the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 is the “lightest and thinnest portable 20-inch screen tablet”, according to Panasonic, weighing in at 2.35kg and 12.5mm thick. Powered by an Intel Core i5 vPro CPU, up to 8GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, the UT-MB5 is able to display extremely high resolution videos smoothly and without buffering.
“At Panasonic we are committed to engineer products and technologies that enrich lives and contribute to society,” says Masao Motoki, Managing Director, Panasonic Marketing, Middle East and Africa.
The Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro. Combined with accessories such as the Panasonic desktop cradle and carry solution, the device can also be used as a desktop PC and tablet, reducing the need to use multiple devices.