Panasonic tablet marries rugged to high resolution

Panasonic unveiled one of the largest, highest resolution tablets ever created with the release of the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5. The tablet has a 20-inch screen, is armored up to be rugged enough for most government uses and can display content at 3,840 by 2,560 resolution.

The tablet, one of Panasonic's rugged Toughpad line of computers, has magnesium alloy frame enclosed in a reinforced glass fiber case and  provides business-rugged durability. It’s built to handle a 30-inch drop to its back while operating and 12-inch drops when non-operational.

Besides durability, the big news with the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 is the quality of the images it can render with a  display that goes beyond Ultra HD resolution.

The tablet features a 20-inch IPS Alpha LCD screen with 230 pixels per inch, a 15:10 aspect ratio and wide viewing angles.

The system is built on the Intel vPro platform, using an Intel Core i5 vPro processor and Windows 8.1 Pro as the operating system. In addition, the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 comes with an optional Panasonic Electronic Touch Pen, a new device offering pen-and-paper-like feel for freehand sketching, annotation or handwriting.

The pen uses infrared signals to read each pixel on the screen and communicates with the tablet via Bluetooth. The pen can be held from various angles and can interpret more than 2,000 levels of pressure.

Other features include an NVIDIA GeForce 745M graphical chipset, 256G of SSD memory, 8G of RAM, 2G of video RAM, a USB 3.0 port, a 1,280 by 720 pixel built-in front camera and a smart card reader. The unit weighs 5.27 pounds and is .49 of an inch thick.

The Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 will be available for purchase in January of 2014, at a list price of $5,999, and comes with a three-year warranty.

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John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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