The world’s first 20-inch 4K tablet, confusingly dubbed Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MB5, has been official for many months now, but it’s only rolling out stateside next January for a redonkulous $5,999.
No, really, there’s no typo there and I’ve personally counted the zeros (or rather nines) in Panasonic’s press release half a dozen times to make sure I get it right. So it’s 6,000 bucks, not 600 or anything like that.
Then again, if you’re the least bit familiar with 4K technology, you shouldn’t be that shocked about the Toughpad costing as much as a used car. After all, most 4K monitors, desktops and TVs around start at about as much and can go up to 20 or 30 gees.
Besides, Panasonic’s so-called “tab” is itself more of a desktop PC, being essentially impossible to carry around by just one dude and sporting a massive 20-inch LCD panel with 3,840 x 2,560 pixels resolution (!!!).
Meanwhile, Windows 8.1 Pro runs the software show, with raw speed taken care of by an Intel Core i5 CPU part of the Ivy Bridge family, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. Oh, and you also get dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 745M graphics.
Since the behemoth is branded as a Toughpad, you can imagine it can take quite the beating without flinching, with a magnesium alloy chassis capable of withstanding 1-foot drops face down and 2.5-foot drops on its back.
Hence it has the speed, the physical strength and the looks, believe it or not, measuring 0.49 inches thick and tipping the scales at 5.27 pounds, which is literally record-breakingly low for a gizmo of this bad boy’s stature.
Be that as it may and as perfect as the spec sheet on the whole is (save for the cringe worthy 2-hour battery), you must be nutty as a fruitcake pretty eccentric to consider purchasing the Toughpad 4K. And yes, I get that the target audience is very specific, namely “professionals in the video production, architecture, design, photography and healthcare” fields, but there must be more budget-minded solutions even for them.
Source: Panasonic PR