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Check out this $6,000 Panasonic Windows tablet with a 4K display

Nearly two years ago, Panasonic announced their new 4K Toughpad, a monstrous Windows tablet sporting an outstanding 20-inch 3840 x 2560 LCD.

Last night, during Microsoft's device showcase, many of this year's latest and greatest devices were out for play as well as this 4K Toughpad. We had never seen one in person, so it was quite a blast to be able to handle one. Later that night, Microsoft's Juha Alakarhu used it for a Lumia presentation on the world's largest observation wheel, the High Roller (opens in new tab)

Want one? Unfortunately, this pricey, professional-level tablet will run you $6,000 USD.

Panasonic 4K Toughpad

  • 20-inch 4K 3840 x 2560 LCD, 15:10 aspect ratio
  • Intel Core i5-3437U 1.9GHz or Intel Core i7-3687U 2.1GHz processor
  • Standard NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M GPU or NVIDIA Quadro K1000M GPU
  • 2GB dedicated VRAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 16GB RAM
  • HD 720p webcam with microphone, 5Mp rear-facing camera
  • 5-foot drop rating (bottom side), 1-foot drop rating (26 drops), Magnesium alloy chassis and GFRP rear case
  • USB 3.0, SD card (SDXC), Mini DisplayPort, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, headphone/speaker jack and docking connector
  • 7"(L) x 13.1"(W) x 0.5"(D), 5.6 lbs

So who is this for? Panasonic Toughpad certified is for business, enterprise, or those with very specific work needs. This tablet is not, by any means, a consumer device (although consumers could surely covet such tech).

Ideally, those that work in media, like magazines, photography, film, design, etc. could benefit from a portable, 4K display that also runs full Windows for imaging, video or apps. The device only has a 2-hour battery life, but this not likely to go on the plane or bus with you, making that an acceptable tradeoff.

Surprisingly, at only 5-pounds (2.54 kg), the 4K Toughpad is quite light and easy to handle.

Niche device? Absolutely. However, that display is easily one of the best we have ever seen on a computer. Then again, for $6,000 you would expect that to be standard.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

111 Comments
  • Yea ok nice but.
  • RAM low
  • Maybe I'm not as tech savy as I thought, but 16GB RAM and a dedicated 2GB VRAM is pretty high isn't it?
  • You're right. Didn't see the 16gb
  • The vram is 2gt, yes, low, but look closer, it says clearly: 16GB of RAM, you say low still?
  • RAM is fine, but the battery. I was reading through the specs list totally thinking "this is amazing, maybe I can sell a kidney", until I got to the part about 2 hours of battery life. Then I lol'ed. I get that it's got a really high end CPU/GPU/display, but what's the point of going to the trouble of putting it in a "portable" form factor if you'll need to be plugged in most of the time?
  • Like it said, aimed at professionals with very specific need... Juga managed to get a presentation going with it so its not really pointless, isn't it?
  • Kind of. You can't give a presentation to more than a couple people on a 20" screen. And if you're projecting to a big screen then a high-end laptop would do just fine, at a fraction of the cost and with better battery life. There may be some compelling niche use cases for this, but paying $6K to deliver a powerpoint presentation and then having a dead battery at the end of it is probably not one of them.
  • Barely make it through a dissertation, wouldn't that be a bitch if it didn't?
  • 2GB just for VRAM and 16GB of RAM is pretty beastly if you ask me.
  • Damn, $6k, it better make me breakfast in the am as well!
  • Did you read the article?
  • I did read it, and still agree with oluwatoyin! :-)
  • Sadly it has only one USB port
  • Breakfast and s cappuccino lol
  • Hmmm maybe with 6 k $ you can make a gaming PC and buy" some" games too or buy a 4 k TV and an Xbox.... dunno
  • NVIDIA Quadro is not for gaming
    Gaming is for simple mortals, this Tablet is for those who really create
  • why would you hook an xbox to an 4k tv if the xbox only displays games at 1080p some games at 900p?
  • Well I didn't say you use the tv only for gaming
  • one outputs all games 1080p lol
  • it does not for example: cod ghosts, ac: unity, dead rising 3, metal gear solid: v
  • you're confusing native res to output res. do you even know what they mean? the console upscales a non 1080p image to 1080p, which means it's still 1080p but the textures aren't. the XO has the best upscaling hw of all game consoles yet, so it isn't really that bad. the native res debate is to nerd techies
  • Most games now are full 1080P. Besides, the XB1 DOES support 4K resolutions for movies. And, 4K TV's do a decent job of up scaling your games anyway so they will look better by default. Just saying.
  • yea but if you upscale 900p or 720p or 1080p to 4k you wil see pixels on textures so they will not look better of default they will look worse because you are not adding pixel you are only streching them
  • Judging by Amazon reviews of 4K TV's by people who have XB1's or PS4's connected to them, I wouldn't say they look "worse". In fact, they are all stunned by the quality and quite frankly I'll take the word of real world users over yours.
  • Did you read the article? It is not for everyone.
  • 16gb RAM*plzz correct it or m wrong..? Edit: What's the difference between 2gb dedicated RAM and 16 gb RAM
  • The graphics has on board 2gb of dedicated ram. Which I'm not to sure on the graphics capability but I would think it should a min of 4gb. The 16gb is the system ram.
  • yep, 2gb seperate for graphics, and 16gb ram
  • $6,000 !!! it better come with a case of familiar corona's.
  • A little skimpy on storage
  • +925
  • $6000? Not too bad, adjusted for inflation, that's what enthusiasts would pay for a regular old PC back in the day... Looks awesome. 4K is amazing. The guy kinda sounded like a QVC salesman though. "16 million colors"? yeah, all displays have that... :)
  • Hell, back in the day a 6k rig wasn't unheard of. I remember when a dollar a Mb was "cheap".
  • Yeah, back in the day my dad bought 3 MB of RAM to upgrade the home PC... it was on a ISA-slot board (not PCI) and it was huge, spanning the full width of the case... something like 30-40cm. I remember it cost around $300-400. At the time even 1 MB of RAM was "good", so we thought "we'd never need to upgrade the RAM again" hahaha
  • 'I don't have the pen here'. They'd probably allow a QVC salesman to have the pen, maybe he would have a clue how to use it! :D
  • For this price it better blend muhahaha.
    But I feel like it should be USB 3.1 and the ram better be top of the line. Also the camera should be heads above what is offered. Among probably several other enhancements probably. At least for my money of 6 grand. Damn.
  • Might get 2 of them !!
  • And one for a charity.
  • And one for me, please.
  • Intel 3867U ? I'm pretty sure this isn't an Ivy Bridge CPU.
  • What's bit of the screen display? 10 bit?
  • What??? $6000???!!!!
  • Again Ferrari does not sell quantity but quality.
  • Cool! :D Second last paragraph typo tho,
    *light
    ;)
  • Light, as in not heavy is the correct term. Where's the typo?
  • It's been corrected now, first there was 'lite' written instead :)
  • For 6K Cortana better be able to tell me when my girl text any guy other than me
  • Well, she's been texting me all day, Cortana not required :)
  • Lol emeffer
  • you better have long arms if you're gonna sit on the optimal distance from this thing
  • One could use their long dick to utilize the touch screen.
  • Damn, what about stylus support?
  • Active pen support is there.
  • Carrot support? ;)
  • Penile support?
  • You should be banned......permanently :/
  • Not you again. I said I was joking earlier. I meant pentile anyway.
  • Joke appreciated lol Just playing with your username, bit of fun, it's Friday, enjoy.
  • Alright, my friend. Friday it tis.
  • Nicely made for creators.
    Off topic : Daniel pls while you are at CES would you kindly ask these OEMs why they are not using the new USB 3.1 type C in new laptops, tablets and phones ?
  • Apple is, on the upcoming Air. It (one) and the headphones jack are the only external connectors. So when apple does something, others are sure to follow :)
  • Apple does sky-high prices, no sd card and others don't follow. Plus, they have only 16% of the smartphone market. It's not like they are leaders.
  • Why so cheap?
  • People not reading the article... Only on windowscentral.com...
  • 6000$ I could get three high end gaming pcs. Jeez
  • 2 gaming PCs with video to support 4k games and a 60-70" 4k tv to play them on.... ​
  • And I thought the Surface Pro 3 was an expensive tablet...
  • Its all about quality and portability....
  • so now panasonic know why they are losing money
  • This ^^
  • So a high price escort for a night or this tablet huh? I know which one I'd choose. Expect to see this make a cameo in the next movie that features an insanely rich person right next to their $6000 phone.
  • Hmmm...very intriguing but to create on 4k is almost pointless if the end user isn't seeing it on 4k.
  • Dan will have two of them by spring.
  • :) Fingers crossed...Twitter would look awesome on that thing, lol
  • Porn would look better.
  • Permanently Banned......mmmm
  • You hungry or something?
  • this is aweomse!!
  • i think the dimensions are wrong, 7" x 13" the diaginal distance is just under 15" and just from the pic it looks bigger than the mans chest. their site show 18.7" x 13.1"
  • What's the point?
  • Read the article... -_-
  • Point is a dimensionless form of line.
  • Excellent comment. Most of the hillbillies on here won't understand.
  • 2 hour battery life.... Would rather 2k or 1080p and more battery life
  • I'll have 3 thanks...
  • Great for office and presentation 3D max and AutoCAD files in company!
  • I have mine on order , but I have one question? I wonder when my next update is coming....lol
  • *drooling*
  • I dunno, looks 2k to me.
  • Definitely worth it... Or you could just save $5000+ dollars just by buying a cheaper computer that's going to offer you almost the same productivity.
  • For $6k, you could buy a flagship Surface pro3 and a 65-70" 4k tv to use it on...and still have a grand or so.left ​
  • but you lose a lot of power
  • 7"x13.1" couldn't be 20"
  • I don't get that either. That should be like a 14" or 15" class screen. The math doesn't work.
  • OK $6,000 for what, this is more expensive than Apple's desktop mac?!
  • Carbon fiber isn't cheap ya know
  • WOW for six grand I was expecting the chassis to be made of gold. To much for too little.
  • Only 720p webcam? This tablet sucks!
  • I BET I can get my boss to budget one.
  • A 20" tablet. Talk about impractical.
  • $6k and it only takes 720p videos ? LOL, yea, nice tablet but a little overpriced for what it is... ​
  • Like Robin Williams said " Cocaine is God's way of saying you make too much money. This is Panasonic's way of saying that.
  • well done Panasonic, now make it 50" add tv support and I will put this on my wall instead of my shity no-system based so called "smart" tv... just after the price will drop to more resonable levels
  • $6000 ??? I can buy like 10 surface !!!
  • 2hrs ??
  • $6000...??? R they nuts
  • 20" tablet huh. You might as well carry around a small tv and the new comput stick. This thing is nothing more than, hey look at us, we can build something expensive.
  • Vaporware. They showed the same device last year and it is not available for purchase. 
  • Why, just why? Professional electronic artists?
  • I see many criticizing the product from a consumer point of view. This is a professional tool, and I would love to have one in my office. Many would say "buy a wacom and a computer", but this is the same as saying buy a computer station rather than a laptop. Large professional tablets will be mainstream soon. Hopefully WattUp will take care of the battery at least at the office :)