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Tablet will ship in January

Panasonic has announced the U.S. availability for its latest tablet hailed as the world's first 20-inch tablet with 4K resolution: the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5. It's part of the Panasonic line of professional-grade tablets designed for use in the field.

The Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 is powered by an Intel Core i5 vPro processor and runs Windows 8.1 Pro. The native resolution of the 20” screen is 3840 x 2560, has a pixel density of 230 pixels per inch, and a native aspect ratio of 15:10.
The 5.27-pound tablet has a 256GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM, and 2 GB of VRAM. It's fitted with a 1280 x 720 pixel front camera and has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, memory card slot, a memory card reader, and USB 3.0 connectivity. The battery will only last two hours per charge, so be sure to keep a charger handy.

“In our highly connected and visual world, having access to the best quality, most detailed visual information available can be a critical component of success in many fields,” said Rance Poehler, president, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America.
“By delivering an unsurpassed level of image quality, running on an Intel vPro processor and using Microsoft’s most advanced operating system, the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 tablet allows decision makers in various visual fields to view, share, manage, and interpret information to drive their innovation.”

The 20-inch tablet supports 10-point multi-touch input and can be used with an optional Panasonic Electronic Touch Pen. The tablet is also described as the lightest and thinnest 20-inch tablet market using a magnesium alloy frame and reinforced glass fiber case. The tablet is rugged enough to survive a 30-inch drop onto its back while in use.

The tablet will be available in January 2014 for $5,999.

Source: Panasonic

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Ach! Almost. If only we could get it on desktop.
By sheh on 11/8/2013 9:44:05 AM , Rating: 2
Increase the size by +20%, and panel concerns notwithstanding it's the perfect monitor for the foreseeable future. The 1.5 ratio would be an extra nice bonus.

I suppose in 2014 we'll find out where desktop monitors go.

By quiksilvr on 11/8/2013 10:14:40 AM , Rating: 5
By retrospooty on 11/8/2013 11:10:46 AM , Rating: 2
I am totally drooling at that link. Hhopefully in 1-2 years it will be down to a decent enough price to get my boss's OK to buy a few.

RE: Ach! Almost. If only we could get it on desktop.
By sheh on 11/8/2013 12:03:25 PM , Rating: 2
>24", no thanks.

And not that I expect much, but at least 1.6 ratio would be nice.

By retrospooty on 11/8/2013 12:18:30 PM , Rating: 3
That is exactly double 1920x1080 its a standard "4k" res screen. At that res, the vertical screen lost going to 16x9 is not an issue. I wish 16x10 would make a comeback, but 4x is the way its moving for Ultra HD screens. You have to get used to it, or stay with old low res stuff.

By purerice on 11/8/2013 2:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
+1 on 16x10. My old Dell 2407wfp was the best monitor I ever had at 1920x1200. Turning it into portrait mode made long Excel columns so much easier to deal with.

Maybe some day in the future we'll see some 16:10 (4096x2560 or 3840x2400) 4K screens.

Allegedly for field of vision, Toshiba's U840W nailed it with its 1792x768, 21:9 ratio monitor while the old 1024x768, 4:3 ratio is ideal for acuity. Somehow it doesn't look like we'll see 3840x2880 screens any time soon though.

By piroroadkill on 11/9/2013 4:18:35 AM , Rating: 3
Maybe some day in the future we'll see 1.6 ratio high res monitors?

How about 10 years ago?

Yup. 22.2" 3840x2400.

By retrospooty on 11/9/2013 9:46:10 AM , Rating: 2
Mainstream, not some $20,000+ special use product.

By hpglow on 11/8/2013 1:36:06 PM , Rating: 1
Very nice monitor, but I won't be a buyer until the price comes down and HDMI 2.0 becomes part of the mix. Too many video card / game issues with these still.

By invidious on 11/8/2013 10:35:54 AM , Rating: 2
A wifi touch monitor in this profile that also has basic Android processing packed into it would be a dream.

By Da W on 11/11/2013 8:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
It's fitted with a 1280 x 720 pixel front camera

How can you build a 6k$ tablet at 4k res and fit it with a crappy camera like that?

By ipay on 11/11/2013 9:25:44 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose in 2014 we'll find out where desktop monitors go.

Sony has a 55" 3D UHDTV for $3500, some people are buying those as Monitors already. Easy to see why.

By Guspaz on 11/8/2013 11:05:14 AM , Rating: 2
A ruggedized 20" 4K tablet for $6000 might not be so unreasonable if it was actually ruggedized. In fact, this thing is being marketed in a misleading fashion; they call it a "Toughpad", which you would think ties to the "Toughbook" line. Toughbooks are actually tested (to MIL-STD 810G), with the more durable models able to suvive six foot drops (typical testing would include all six sides and all twelve edges/corners). Meanwhile, this tablet can survive a 30 inch drop... as long as it's straight on its back...

They might find a small market for this thing for fixed display purposes, but beyond that...

RE: Yikes
By YearOfTheDingo on 11/8/2013 11:13:44 AM , Rating: 2
Ruggedizing a 20" tablet would probably make it weight 20-lb though.

RE: Yikes
By hughlle on 11/8/2013 12:34:50 PM , Rating: 1

It's marketed as being for use in the field. Being able to drop it on it's back from 30cm does not in my mind qualify it for this purpose.

Ruggedized is ruggedized. If it has to weigh 20 pounds then so be it. They shouldn't be marketing as something it really isn't.

RE: Yikes
By troysavary on 11/9/2013 4:11:11 AM , Rating: 2
Plus, ruggedizing would make it thicker, giving more room for battery. Up the battery life to 8 hours to get a full work day, and I'd want one. For the usage scenarios I see, weighing between 10 and 20 pounds is not an issue. You wouldn't be holding this while using most of the time, just carrying it and then placing it on a surface to use. It is not much weight to put in a backpack until you get where you need to go. Surveyors, engineers, even photographers, are used to carrying way more than that to the field.

RE: Yikes
By Freakie on 11/8/2013 4:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I don't see this going anywhere either. 1) It's size, 20" screen is ridiculous to be carrying around in the field, it needs to be portable and carrying around a cork board sized device isn't portable. 2) Battery life. There is not a single engineer, police officer, or firefighter (practically the only ones who use Toughbooks) who would carry around something with such crappy battery life especially in consideration of its size.

The only place I could see a market for this is in educational environments, like a school library or in science museums that have tour guides that interact with the children. But that battery life issue pretty much limits that possibility too. Doesn't get rid of it, just severely limits it.

By Motoman on 11/8/2013 1:00:05 PM , Rating: 1
I see no possible use for a 20" tablet. For any purpose, in any industry. It's completely unwieldy at that size. And it has a 2 hour battery life? And it costs $6 grand?

Someone please point me towards the catastrophic failure of a person who's going to buy one of these things, so I can slap him.

RE: ...lolwut?
By hpglow on 11/8/2013 1:39:03 PM , Rating: 2
I figure it would be nice for all the crappy drivers to put into their cars. Since they don't pay attention to the road or check mirrors anyway.

RE: ...lolwut?
By ritualm on 11/8/2013 5:11:51 PM , Rating: 2
My only issue with this is the price, battery life, and the fact that I already bought a Surface Pro 2 a few days ago. Otherwise, I'd be the guy you're slapping - and I might defend myself with it from your attacks, possibly causing blunt trauma on your head.

First-generation products are usually not worth buying. Trailblazers and early adopters don't care. They are the ones who give these things street cred. What you think means nothing, end of story.

RE: ...lolwut?
By Motoman on 11/8/13, Rating: 0
RE: ...lolwut?
By troysavary on 11/9/2013 4:04:00 AM , Rating: 2
Just because YOU can't see a use, doesn't mean there is none. An architect or engineer could use this to take his plans to the field, look at the jobsite, and if he notices anything that needs updated, do it right on the device. Artists could take it with them and do landscape drawings. Not everyone plays Candy Crush and Angry birds. There are much wider usage scenarios for portable computing devices.

For people who need it, the large size and high resolution are a bonus, not a negative. If we can carry 17 inch notebooks in a backpack, we can carry this. The battery life is what kills this, not the size. The size in this case is the selling point.

RE: ...lolwut?
By troysavary on 11/9/2013 4:16:56 AM , Rating: 2
I forgot to address price in my other post. $6k is not a lot in the markets that could use it. Surveying gear is expensive, yet engineering firms buy lots of it. Take this for example:

Oh Panasonic - What were you thinking?
By lawrance on 11/10/2013 12:13:40 PM , Rating: 2
I do believe this world would benefit from a tablet larger than 10", but 20" is just too big. 5+ pounds?! That's heavier than most laptops. And the 2-hour battery life (probably under ideal conditions and not rated for real world use) is unfathomable as is the price tag.

I applaud bringing a bigger 4K resolution tablet to the market but Panasonic really missed the point of what makes a tablet a tablet, which is affordability, portability + battery life. Their new tablet missed on all three! I get that it's "professional" and this is for niche market but I just don't see this selling well at all.

By ritualm on 11/10/2013 2:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
5+ pounds?! That's heavier than most laptops.

Muscle up, buck. Eat some Wheaties.
And the 2-hour battery life

That's abysmal when other tablets regularly hit over 10 hours between charges, but it's pretty good considering the amount of power needed to drive such a large touch-enabled panel.
is unfathomable as is the price tag.

The folks and companies who buy this don't see the high price as a negative.
what makes a tablet a tablet, which is affordability, portability + battery life.

Says you.

I've seen too many tablets that hit all three of *your* preferences and still miss the boat big time in performance. The last one, to me, is non-negotiable, period. Even this year's iPad refresh is too slow by modern standards.

OK. 4K. No, K? Mmmkay.
By chmilz on 11/8/2013 2:29:26 PM , Rating: 3
Is all I have to say.

The 2 hour battery life kills it
By troysavary on 11/8/2013 11:59:40 AM , Rating: 2
This was looking like the perfect device for the engineer at the jobsite, until I got to the 2 hour battery life.

By vapore0n on 11/8/2013 12:17:38 PM , Rating: 2
At what point do we draw the line that separates a tablet (hand held device) from a all in one PC (what this thing is)?

So to sum up...
By inperfectdarkness on 11/12/2013 2:17:26 AM , Rating: 2
We now have > 1080p resolution on devices <11" and >19". And everyone using a laptop other than Apple gets the middle finger.

What is, "I would like to falcon-punch the entire laptop-industry", Alex?

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