Despite the growing preference for simple, no-frills 7-inch tablets as opposed to 10-inchers with all the bells and whistles, there are some tablet makers that still insist that bigger is better. Even Apple, which defined the tablet market with the first 9.7-inch iPad back in 2010, has released a small tablet of its own, the 7.9-inch iPad mini, a tablet that has enjoyed quite a bit of success since its November 2012 launch. But Panasonic proudly unveiled its 20-inch tablet yesterday at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a device with a larger screen than most notebook computers.
Aaron Fowles, Panasonic America’s Manager of Corporate Relations, described the upcoming device as a “commercial product”, albeit one that would mainly appeal to “architects, graphic designers and photographers.” Apart from the jumbo-sized screen, the 20-inch tablet will come with a HD digital pen known as the Anoto Live Pen; this feature would be especially helpful for the prospective buyers Fowles mentioned, as it would allow users to facilitate real-time live interaction with other professionals. This also helps avoid the minor inconvenience of users saving their work on a cloud storage system.
Specifications of the 20-inch Panasonic tablet include a pixel resolution of 3840 x 2560 (230 pixels per inch), which should give the slate a resolution comparable to that of the iPad 3 and 4’s Retina Display. It will be powered by a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, an Nvidia GeForce GPU and 4 GB RAM. Storage space is set at 128 GB, but unlike other tablets, this wouldn’t be flash storage; the Panasonic tablet will use a solid-state drive (SSD) instead. Pricing has not yet been announced, but as early as now, we’re willing to wager that it may very well cost between $1,300 and $1,800 due to its giant screen and high-end specs.