Panasonic Unveils Gargantuan 20-Inch Tablet Computer at CES

In my opinion, “extreme” is a word reserved for describing skateboarding tricks and particularly flavorful nacho chips. And yet I can’t imagine employing any adjective but “extreme” to describe the 20-inch “ultra” high-definition tablet computer unveiled by Panasonic at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.

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Here’s the deal: the tablet not only includes a 20-inch display (making it roughly twice the size of an Apple iPad), but its screen features a native resolution of 3,840 x 2,560 (and a pixel density of 230).

Panasonic says the screen can produce roughly 17 million colors and boasts an aspect ratio of 15:10.

Under the hood, this gargantuan Panasonic tablet features an Intel Core i5 processor and an Nvidia GeForce graphics chip. There’s also a 128GB solid state drive, WiFi and Bluetooth support, a USB port, and a microSD slot.

Panasonic says consumers can choose to pack between 4GB and 16GB of RAM inside. The firm also noted that the tablet will run Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system, which can be navigated with your fingers or a special high-definition digital pen.

The tablet is a little hefty at 5.3 pounds and features a thickness of 10.8mm. That makes it a tad bulky, but the really bad news is that the device’s battery only lasts about two hours before requiring a recharge.

There’s no word yet on when this seriously extreme tablet will hit retailers or how much it will cost.

My guess: the price will be extreme, bordering on radical.

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