Panasonic showed off a new tablet device at its CES 2013 keynote today. The Windows 8-based device is less than half-an-inch thick, with a 20-inch screen with 4K resolution for ultra-crisp images. The device is clearly aimed at the professional market, and a promo video Panasonic showed featured a photographer talking about how it can help him with his workflow. The tablet has pen input, and is not only incredibly thin, but also very light.
For use in the field, this has obvious benefits. Similar products in the past like the Wacom Cintiq line of digital tablets require an external computer to work, and are also much bulkier and much lower resolution. The potential applications really are impressive, especially if it works as smoothly as it did in the slick demo video Panasonic put together to show it off. Pricing and availability are still unknown, but since this is a device targeted at industry and professional users, don’t expect it to be cheap.
Panasonic will have the new tablet on the show floor here at CES, so we’ll try to get up close and personal, and also nail down some more specifics in the process.