Wacom has announced the Cintiq 22HD Touch, the upgraded multi-touch version of its previous 21.5-inch pen tablet incarnation.
Last July 2012, Wacom unveiled the Cintiq 22HD, their newest pen tablet that features a full 1920×1080 HD screen resolution. This particular pen tablet was marketed to users who might want more detail and more work space for their drawing or designing sessions.
Fast forward to the second quarter of 2013, and they are now planning to step up this very model into something that would now support an extra added function. Introducing the Cintiq 22HD Touch, the new version of their previous 21.5-inch pen tablet that now doesn't just support full HD, but also supports a multi-touch input. Extra hands and fingers on the screen might get a bit in the way for this one, but at least you get the benefit of being able to use both hands. For example, when you want to adjust zoom rate or move the page, you simply use your other hand/finger as you draw.
Needless to say, all of the features previously provided in the Cintiq 22HD (like its magnetic guidance system, or its 2,048 pressure sensitivity levels) will be included in the Cintiq 22HD Touch. Aside from having full HD (1920×1080) resolution, it would also have 1,677 million display color variations, a brightness of 210cd/m2, and a 178° optimal viewing angle.
Compatible operating systems for this multi-touch version include Windows 7/8, and Mac OS X 10.6.8+. Some of the applications and programs that can be used to maximize its features are Corel Painter 12, Autodesk Mudbox and Sketchbok Pro.
Wacom announced that the Cintiq 22HD Touch will be available on May 17, 2013. It would have a quite hefty price of about 2,500 USD (248,000 yen).