Hands-on with Panasonic’s 20 inch, 4K tablet prototype (video)

Panasonic is showing off a 20 inch Windows 8 tablet prototype with a 3840 x 2560 pixel display. This 5.3 pound tablet may never be released as a real product, but the demo model on display at the Consumer Electronics Show works pretty well… most of the time.

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The 4K tablet has an Intel Core i5-3427U Ivy Bride processor, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, 4GB of memory, and a 128GB solid state disk.

It runs Windows 8 Pro, and supports both Metro-style full-screen apps and desktop style apps.

I had worried that text on a 20 inch, 4k display would look ridiculously small in desktop mode. But it turns out that if you set the Windows 8 “change the size of all items” tool to 200 percent, text an graphics look pretty good on the Panasonic tablet.

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On the other hands, things start to slow down when you run software that can seriously tax the CPU and GPU cores. For instance, Panasonic is showing off a Blueprint app for creating, viewing, and editing very high resolution images for architects and other designers. It took a really long time for the graphics to fully load in that app.

Basic tasks like switching windows, viewing images, and navigating Windows 8 worked pretty well in the demo though.

The prototype measures 18.7″ x 13.1″ x 0.4″, gets about 2 hours of battery life, has a front-facing 720p camera, and features a USB 2.0 port, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

You can theoretically pick up the tablet and carry it around — but it’s clearly just a little too heavy for comfortable one-handed use. This isn’t a tablet designed for light reading or web surfing. But it could be great for multi-player gaming, serious artwork (it works with a digital pen), or other niche activities.

  • MiniMax

    I would be more interested, if it where a display only instead of this All-in-One-PC aka tablet format. Because it is a rare example of a bigger than 10 inch panel with a really high resolution. So far you don’t get that for a desktop PC, only larger laptops have “big” resolutions, for instance the Macbook Pro.

    • http://rct.me.ht/ crashsuit

      If you just want a large display with touch and pen capabilities, take a look at the 21″ Cintiq, it might be just what you’re after.

      • MiniMax

        To be more precise: I want a large (larger than 10 inch) display with a resolution over 100dpi (Retina-resolution is not neccessary with typical 60cm to 80 cm viewing distance). A 4K-Display in 22 inch or so would be ideal for this. No touch no pen input neccessary as it would/should be a Windows/Mac display only.

      • Tsais

        large means larger than 10 inch to you… ok… :p

  • Tsais

    Panasonic, you sell, I buy!