Wacom Unveils Two Tablet Devices
Today Wacom announce a plethora of new products. These new products include a pressure sensitive stylus for iPad (More on this tomorrow) and two tablet devices of their own. The Cintiq Companion which is a Windows 8 device and the Cintiq Companion Hybrid which will run Android 4.2 Jellybean. Both are powerful tablets aimed at professional artists that want to take their studios on the go. Here are a few of their features:
• Full HD, 13.3in, 1920×1080 display with multi-pressure touch control
• Complementary Wacom Pro Pen with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity
• Wi-Fi connectivity
• 2-megapixel front-facing camera
• Rear 8-megapixel camera
• Bluetooth (4.0 for the Cintiq Companion and 3.0 for the Companion Hybrid)
• Adjustable, detachable stand, carrying case, pen case with nine replacement nibs
The Cintiq Companion is essentially a portable Cintiq with a built-in computer. The Cintiq Companion will come in two versions, one will run Windows 8 with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD and the other is a Windows 8 Pro version with a 512GB SSD. The price points for these devices are as follows $1,999 (£1649.99) and $2,499 (£1999.99) respectively. Adobe has confirmed their support for both these devices.
The Cintiq Companion Hybrid will work more like how you would think a tablet device would work. It’s operating system is a standalone version of android (4.2 Jellybean). Wacom has created their own software to run on this device called Wacom Creative Canvas, this new software for painting and sketching is built in. Since it is running Android it can also run Android apps. The 16GB version’s retail price is set at $1,499 (£1199.99) and the 32GB version is priced at $1,599 (£1299.99). But the most interesting thing about this tablet is that when you plug it into your computer it works just like a normal Cintiq, so essentially you’re getting a Cintiq and an android tablet in one.
These tablets most visually resemble the Cintiq 13HD. Both are fairly heavy weighing between 3.6 and 3.9 pounds. This seems to be the weight for a laptop and essentially that’s what these devices are. I know the high price may turn most people off but if you’re interested in a high-end portable drawing device this is probably going to be one of the best options for you. If you’re interested in any of these devices they should be released mid-September on Wacom’s eStore.