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Panasonic 4K 20-inch Slate Arriving January Priced at $8K

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Panasonic is laying claim to the world's first 4K tablet.

How big is too big for a tablet? Or should the question be, "How expensive is too expensive?" because Panasonic's latest offering is both huge and expensive. Then again, we never would have imagined that a 20-inch tablet would be cheap. Panasonic announced that its 20-inch 4K resolution tablet will go on sale in the United States priced at $6,000.

 

We first spotted the device at CES 2013, way back in January, and at the time, we were told it was a prototype. However, it looks like Panasonic is gearing up to launch this behemoth, which it's now calling the Toughbook 4K. Engadget points to Panasonic's website which now carries a full spec sheet and splash page for the Toughpad 4K. The Windows 8.1 tablet is based on a Core i5-3437 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GT 745M graphics. It packs 2 GB of dedicated VRAM, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, and support for SDXC. Of course, the biggest and most notable feature the Toughpad 4K has is the 20-inch 3840 x 2560 LCD with LED backlighting.

These specs line up pretty well with the spec sheet we were given at CES (the CPU is a Core i5-3437 as opposed to a Core i5-3427U). There's also double the RAM and double the storage now (the CES prototype had 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage).

No word on a precise release date other than January, but we'll keep you posted.

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    neon neophyte , November 10, 2013 5:10 PM
    so theyre charging 7k for a 20" 4k touchscreen? are they out of their minds?
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    Immaculate , November 10, 2013 5:37 PM
    So is it $6000 or $8000?
    Why is the mobile tech using these great resolutions and yet we wait 8 years for new consoles and one of them is still using the same low-res.
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  • 16 Hide
    neon neophyte , November 10, 2013 5:10 PM
    so theyre charging 7k for a 20" 4k touchscreen? are they out of their minds?
  • 8 Hide
    Innocent_Bystander , November 10, 2013 5:22 PM
    Better come with the booth bunny... and her sister.
  • 8 Hide
    eklipz330 , November 10, 2013 5:33 PM
    so they CAN make 20" 4k panels? WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY WAITING FOR?
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    Immaculate , November 10, 2013 5:37 PM
    So is it $6000 or $8000?
    Why is the mobile tech using these great resolutions and yet we wait 8 years for new consoles and one of them is still using the same low-res.
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    MasterMace , November 10, 2013 5:38 PM
    Overpriced crap.
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    Immaculate , November 10, 2013 5:46 PM
    So is it $6000 or $8000?
    Why is the mobile tech using these great resolutions and yet we wait 8 years for new consoles and one of them is still using the same low-res.
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    QEFX , November 10, 2013 5:47 PM
    There's a $2k fee if you order one from Tom's. On the upside that money will go to a proof-reader.

    But seriously $6K?!?
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    guvnaguy , November 10, 2013 6:01 PM
    So is it 2160p or 2560p? 6,000 or 8,000? Man so many typo's

    Obviously this is going to be marketed at professionals, because otherwise no one in their right mind would spend that much on a tablet.

    Couldn't they at least through in a built-in 4G LTE modem or something?
    And finally, why in heck does it use a 3rd-gen Core i5? Why not a 4th-gen to increase battery life (which will no doubt be very short because of the 4K display). Clearly Panasonic is banking on the 4K gimmick
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    vinay2070 , November 10, 2013 6:05 PM
    The question should be "How many people will actually buy it?"
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    tolham , November 10, 2013 6:05 PM
    shouldn't the price be.....$4k?

    someone had to say it.
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    drwho1 , November 10, 2013 6:16 PM
    I wait until a decent 24-26 inch 4K PC monitor is available for $500+/- range.

    Similar for a 4K TV, 60 inch or larger for under 2K.
    (which is still a lot of money for a TV)
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    bak0n , November 10, 2013 6:22 PM
    Try running Crisis on it and tell me what kind of frame rates you get.
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    SteelCity1981 , November 10, 2013 6:31 PM
    isn't the whole reason for a portable is because of its mobility? I don't see how carrying a 20 inch screen around is considered mobile.
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    ipwn3r456 , November 10, 2013 6:58 PM
    $6000.... They should be putting an i7 quad core CPU... and probably a GTX 760m...
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    JOSHSKORN , November 10, 2013 7:14 PM
    I need a job and Toms needs an Editor. Can we play, Lets Make a Deal?
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    eklipz330 , November 10, 2013 7:28 PM
    Quote:
    I wait until a decent 24-26 inch 4K PC monitor is available for $500+/- range.

    Similar for a 4K TV, 60 inch or larger for under 2K.
    (which is still a lot of money for a TV)


    man, that will be quite the wait. we dont even see 1400p at 24" yet
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    Grandmastersexsay , November 10, 2013 7:45 PM
    You people do realize this is not a monitor but a tablet marketed towards CEOs and government agencies that need to fill up the budget for this year?
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    soimusan , November 10, 2013 7:49 PM
    I think this is too small for a tablet. I'd pay more for a... say, 30'' tablet
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    Deus Gladiorum , November 10, 2013 10:33 PM
    WHY?
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    joaompp , November 10, 2013 10:33 PM
    20" 4k for $8k....yeah okay
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