I expect to see a lot of 4K (or UltraHD) televisions at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. What I wasn’t expecting to see were tablets with 3840 x 2160 displays. But that’s what Samsung just introduced.

panasonic 4k

The device is a 20 inch Windows 8 tablet with a touchscreen display and a digital pen for more precise input.

Engadget reports that the tablet has excellent viewing angles, and CNET reports that Panasonic also offers some sort of cloud-based solution that lets you edit photos or other content on the tablet using a stylus (or your fingers), and sync the changes online.

While a 4K screen could be awesome for viewing high resolution photos or high definition TV, it feels like a bit of an awkward gimmick for a Windows 8 tablet. Unlike OS X, Windows 8 doesn’t usually do pixel-doubling well when you’re running desktop apps on high resolution displays.

Update: It turns out pixel-doubling does actually work pretty well on this tablet!

In other words, when you try to launch Microsoft Word, iTunes, or another desktop style app on a 20 inch, 4K tablet, you can expect to need a magnifying glass to read on-screen text — unless Panasonic has worked out some sort of software solution of its own.

Update: The tablet has a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Gizmodo reports it can be a little sluggish when navigating through enormous documents.

The tablet is in the prototype/concept stage at this point and may never be released as a real product. It seems like Panasonic is just testing the waters at this point… and testing the capabilities of the hardware.

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4 replies on “Panasonic shows off a Windows 8 tablet with a 20 inch, 4K display”

  1. Dude, it is a 20 inch tablet. Apps designed for a Win8 tablet assume 1366×768 up to 1920×1080 on a 9-11 inch screen. So this thing should work out from a dpi angle. If it did auto adjust the scaling and fill that whole display with the picture originally intended for a quarter the display real estate it would look horrible. Just not sure about the size and weight issues on a ‘tablet’ this big.

    1. Problem is that resolution range is mostly for the Modern UI but the desktop still behaves pretty much just like Windows 7… So resolution and size can be a factor!

  2. This would be amazing for reading and marking up academic papers, two pages side-by-side. Who knows what this thing weighs though.

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