Tech Files /// The Panasonic ToughPad Tablet

  • by Yoey
  • 8 Years ago
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Panasonic has become the world’s first company to offer a tablet with a 4K, ultra-high-resolution display, but that ultra-high quality comes at an ultra-high price.

The Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 may not have the catchiest name, but there’s a good chance that what it has to offer — a 20-inch screen — will catch on, especially with the architectural and creative industries plus tech-obsessed early adopters with big bags and even bigger pockets.

The Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 makes using an iPad Air like trying to watch an old black and white television with bad reception, such is the jump in pixel density and image sharpness — and when it comes to image clarity, Apple is no slouch itself.

As well as being crystal clear, the screen supports stylus input and can recognize 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, perfect for free hand sketching and illustration effects.

This is a serious tablet with a serious processor — a next-generation Intel Haswell no less — and it comes with the full pro edition of Windows 8.1 installed, meaning it’s just as powerful as a notebook.

Then there’s the design and attention to detail. Panasonic has gone for a magnesium alloy chassis for its combination of strength and lightness, and it can survive a 2.5-foot (75cm) drop.

Inside, keeping the Intel processor company is 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. It even comes with a carrying case although at 47.5 x 33cm (18.7 x 13.1 inches) it might be difficult to whip it out on the train. Still, at 2.4KG (5.3lb) it is only 200g heavier than a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Aware that this is going be slightly less portable than other tablets on the market, the Toughpad also comes with a docking cradle so that it can be propped up and used like a desktop, but when mobility is required, it should manage to perform for two hours before the battery needs recharging.

The Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 will launch in the US in January, priced at $6000.


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“Live good Drink good Eat good” Graduate of Dillard University majoring in Public Relations/Brand Imaging. A New Orleans Native but born in Memphis,TN. Was raised as a Air Force brat having lived before in Germany and visited frequently to countries like England and France. While living in Europe a love for fashion and all things extravagant became a lifestyle easy to embrace. Returning to New Orleans fashion still played a major role in life for him. Now partnering with long time friend Nick to create the chic cultural blog site Yoey is focused more than ever on making his dreams a reality, while doing what he enjoys the most; enjoying a hell of a life.

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