IFA 2013 | Panasonic unveils the 20-inch Toughpad tablet
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No matter how good your display is, there's always something better on the way. This is especially true with tablets, though for now, Panasonic has unquestionably taken the crown. The Toughpad UT-MB5 offers an amazing 4K display aimed at professional photographers and designers, particularly those working with 3D modelling and CAD applications.
Featuring a 20-inch 3840 x 2560 Ultra HD IPS display, an Intel Core i5 Pro processor, unspecified NVIDIA GeForce graphics, Windows 8.1, from 4 to 16 GB RAM, a 128 or 256 GB SSD, an HMDI port, USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card slot.
The device includes a Panasonic Electronic Touch Pen which, unlike other active stylus technology, uses Bluetooth and infrared signals to interact with the tablet. This makes it precise down to the individual pixel level, and even takes pen inclination angle into account along with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The UT-MB5 is only 12.5 mm thick (0.49 inches), and weighs just 2.35 kg (5.18 pounds), but this tablet is ruggedized (as we would expect from a device called a Toughpad) and is built to survive being knocked off a desk (76 cm or 2.5 feet).
The base model will be available in Europe from November, with prices starting at 4509 euros (US$5950). A performance model (further optimized for CAD users) will follow sometime in 2014 with a more powerful CPU and GPU.