Panasonic Delays Launch of 4K Tablet

Panasonic told The Japan Times on Wednesday that the company is postponing the launch of its 4K tablet until mid-February. Dubbed as the Toughpad 4K, this monster 20-inch tablet was scheduled to launch in December in Japan and Europe, followed by a North American release in January. A company rep said the delay is due to "glitches" that affect the radio waves of other appliances.

A Panasonic rep told The Japan Times that the company will modify the product's design and add some parts to fix the "glitch." Yet despite the hardware changes, the company is still pushing for a retail starting price of ¥450,000, or around $4400 USD. Panasonic will mainly sell the device to professionals, the report says.

According to the list of specs, Panasonic's tablet features a 20-inch LED-lit IPS screen with a 3840 x 2560 resolution, ten-point touch capability and support for an optional pen. This screen is backed by an Intel Core i5-3437U clocked up to 2.9 GHz, Nvidia's GeForce GT 745M (2 GB dedicated VRAM), and 8 GB of RAM. The OS of choice is Windows 8.1 Pro.

The specs also show that the tablet has a 256 GB SSD, an SD card slot for even more storage, a 720p webcam with microphone, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a USB 3.0 port, a headphone/speaker jack, and a docking connector. This tablet measures 18.7 x 13.1 x 0.5 inches, weighs 5.3 pounds, and sports a magnesium alloy chassis with a GFRP reader case.

"1080p is fine. But when you need the ultimate clarity for detailed images and video, the new Panasonic Toughpad 4K Tablet offers an impressive four times the resolution of a 1080p display," reads the product page. "And, with Windows 8.1 Pro, it surpasses ordinary tablets by harnessing the processing power of a desktop."

For more information about the Toughpad 4K tablet, head here.

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  • jupebobpete
    I can see this in high end doctor's offices or the like, with a screen like that it would be nice for reviewing medical scans etc.
  • skit75
    Take your time...

    Not a lot of 4K content out there anyway. When NFL Films starts shooting 4K footage, I might be in the market for a 4K display. As mentioned above, this product sounds more commercial than anything
  • vinay2070
    Is it a slim version of All-in-One desktop?