Panasonic’s (TYO: 6752) 4K 20-inch Toughbook branded tablet was one of the first tablets to offer support for the ultrahigh resolution. Aimed mostly at professional and industrial users, the tablet launched last year for $5,999.
Now the Japanese giant is launching an updated version of its 4K slate with a lower price point and a refreshed Broadwell CPU. The refreshed tablet retails for $2,999 and contains a Core i5 3437U CPU, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256 GB SSD, an Nvidia GeForce GT 745 M GPU, and Windows 8.1. As far as connectivity goes the tablet has USB 3.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet, and mini DisplayPort.
“Running Windows and built on the Intel vPro platform, the Toughpad 4K offers unique hardware and OS-based enhanced security features, remote manageability and capabilities designed to increase end user productivity and data protection,” Panasonic said in a statement. “With a magnesium alloy frame enclosed in a reinforced glass fiber case, the lightweight, business-rugged tablet is built to handle a 30-inch drop to its back while operating, and 12-inch drops to 26 angles when nonoperational.”
Panasonic will also sell a desktop stand so the tablet can be used as a desktop computer.
The refreshed tablet will be available in July.