If tablets are ever going to become a primary work computer, we’re going to want them as big as the monitors we use (well, not as big as the LG EA93, but big enough). And if you work in an office where cubicle battles are waged on a regular basis, the “business-rugged” Panasonic Toughpad 4K just might become your workstation’s new secret weapon.
Designed to survive drops up to 2.5 feet, the slate should pay no mind to the foam wars and BB ammo exchanges that descend upon the office floor on a daily basis. We’re not certain how well it will stand up to water, but we’re guessing it can shrug off moderate squirt gun accidents in a similarly capable manner.
The centerpiece feature of the Panasonic Toughpad 4K is, of course, the large 20-inch display with a 3,840 x 2,560 resolution, allowing you to view 4K content in full resolution. It was designed with visual creatives (think architects, artists, designers) in mind, so the guts are equipped for the kind of heavy graphics work those guys will do: Intel Core i5vPro, Nvidia GeForce GT 745M, 8GB of RAM, and SSD storage (128GB or 156GB). Since a lot of sketching work is likely going to be done right on the screen, it comes with the Bluetooth-enabled Anoto Live Pen that boasts 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, allowing it to be used for UI input, sketching and even writing. A higher-performance version of the tablet for 3D simulation and CAD design will be released afterwards.
The Panasonic Toughpad 4K will be available in November, with the high-performance model coming in early 2014.