Panasonic introduces 20 inch Toughpad 4K tablet with $7K price

Need a new tablet that has a huge, high-resolution display, a rugged case, and a powerful Intel Core i7 processor with discrete NVIDIA graphics? Then you’d best be willing to pay a premium price for it, because Panasonic’s new Toughpad 4K tablet fits the bill… but that bill will cost you $6,999.

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The tablet features an Intel Core i7-3687U processor, NVIDIA Quadro K1000M graphics, and a 20 inch, 3840 x 2560 pixel IPS display. It has 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and 2GB of video memory.

Panasonic will offer the tablet with Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional, and it features WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, Ethernet, an SDXC card slot, HDMI output and a Mini DisplayPort. There’s a 720p front-facing camera, and if you really want to use a 20 inch tablet to snap photos, there’s a 5MP camera on the back.

For a tablet this large, the ToughPad 4K is surprisingly thin, at just under half an inch. It weighs about 5.6 pounds and gets up to 2.5 hours of battery life.

Panasonic will offer an optional Touch Pen for precise input, allowing you to use the tablet as a graphics device.

If the $7,000 asking price is too much for you, Panasonic is also going to offer a cheaper model with a Core i5-3437U processor and NVIDIA GeForce 745M graphics in February. That version was announced a few months ago, and will sell for $5,999.

  • John Morris

    Wonder who they built that for? Somebody obviously needed it and convinced them to make it. Military? Medical industry? Film?

    • De

      I’m wondering about construction. Blueprints on a construction site maybe, you’d be able to zoom in enough to get details yet it’s large enough that you’d still be able to see a decent size chunk of the building.

      Medical could make sense. Looking at digital x-rays and things like that.

      • John Morris

        Doubt it is construction, they usually worry about price and this device is clearly aimed at on of the ‘price no object’ industries.

      • Hasan Farhat

        architect speaking, i really dont think i would ever take this to the construction site, it looks like something i would break on the first day, but for something to use at the office, with what it offers, it seems like a very cool flashy tool, that i would love to show off :), although you can basically do the same things with a pc/laptop that costs 25% of what this, maybe less.

  • dibob

    yet another overpriced tablet for the “upper crust types” are you sure this isnt made by apple

  • Michael Thompson

    Yeah, but I could play Borderlands 2 on it!