Wacom makes graphics tablets which you can plug into a computer draw detailed images using a pressure-sensitive pen. The company’s technology has also been used in a number of tablets and other devices, adding support for pressure-sensitive writing and drawing.
Now Wacom is preparing to launch its own tablet, aimed at creative folks who want a tablet that can be used for artwork on the go.
The company unveiled plans for the new mobile tablet on its Facebook page, and says it should launch this summer.
The tablet will have an HD display, support for multi-touch input, and a “real pressure-sensitive professional pen.”
Wacom isn’t saying much more at the moment, so we don’t know if the tablet will have an ARM-based chip or an x86 processor, or if it will run Android, Windows, or something else.
But my money’s on a Windows 8 tablet with an x86 processor that can handle Photoshop and other industry-standard graphics apps.
Wacom’s tablet wouldn’t be the first mobile tablet with those features — the Microsoft Surface Pro can effectively be used as a mobile graphics tablet which also happens to be able to run office apps, games, and pretty much anything else you can run on a Windows PC.
In fact, Penny Arcade’s, Mike Krahulik recently tested the Surface Pro as a graphics tablet and described his experience using it to draw the comic strip while he was away from his primary PC. He liked it.
It’ll be interested to see what Wacom brings to the tablet to improve the experience with its own tablet, be it a better display, more advance pen features, a better price, or something else entirely.