Posted 01/09/2013 at 10:30 AM
Posted 4 years ago
How big is too big for a tablet? Lenovo seems to think that 27-inches is fair game, as they proved by unveiling their new IdeaCentre Horizon 27 on the first day of CES 2013, and with their new offering, Panasonic seems to agree that bigger is better, although not on quite as large a scale Lenovo.
During his keynote speech at CES yesterday, president and CEO of Panasonic, Kazuhiro Tsuga, showed off the company’s all-new 20-inch tablet, which boasts a 4K screen and displays images at 3840 x 2160 pixels.
The as yet unnamed tablet is still in the prototype stage, but Panasonic revealed that it is very likely to go to production. The 230ppi unit comes packed with an Intel Core i5-3427U 1.8GHz processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, as well as 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Other notable features include a front-facing 720p HD camera, a USB 2.0 port, a Micro SD card slot, and the usual array of connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Panasonic also claims that the 4K tablet is the “thinnest and lightest” tablet in its class, although I’m not sure how impressed we are to be by that given the distinct lack of competition in the 20-inch tablet market. There is no doubt that the tablet is an impressive piece of tech though; however, you shouldn’t expect to be able to carry this hefty unit around as easily as you would your iPad or Kindle Fire.
Rather than aiming the giant 18.7 x 13.4-inch tablet at the average consumer (i.e. those of us that like to surf the web on the sofa and read books on the go), Panasonic says that this machine will be marketed towards professionals, boasting an array of apps for photographers, graphic designers, architects, and video editors.
Kazuhiro Tsuga did not share details of price or availability, but given the market that it’s directed towards, you can guarantee it will not be cheap.