Wacom Releasing Windows and Android Tablets Aimed at Creative Professionals

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Wacom, best-known for making peripherals used by professional artists and graphic designers, has announced plans to introduce a pair of tablets — one Windows and the other Android.

Windows

The Cintiq Companion will run Windows 8, and therefore support full versions of creative software.

Wacom Cintiq Companion Windows TabletIt will be built around an Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, and 8GB of RAM. One version will come with a 256GB SSD (solid state harddrive) and Windows 8 ($2000), while a second will include a 512GB SSD with Windows 8 Pro ($2500).

The tablet will have a 13.3-inch display at a 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Cintiq Companion will also sport two USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi n, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front one.

Maria Yap, senior director of product management at Adobe., said “With Wacom, we worked together to select the best combination of features to make it an excellent mobile platform for Adobe Photoshop. The Cintiq Companion is optimized for the latest version of Photoshop Creative Cloud and gives creative professionals a way to get out of the studio and create wherever they feel most inspired.”

It is scheduled to appear at the Wacom eStore in October.

Android

Wacom is going in a different way with the Cintiq Companion Hybrid. This will function as a traditional Cintiq when plugged into a Mac or PC, but will work as a stand-alone Android tablet when on its own.

This device is going to have a 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display that will offer 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity.

On the inside will be an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with 2GB of RAM and Google Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). Wacom will offer two versions: one with 16GB of built-in storage ($1500), and the second with 32GB ($1600).

Its maker describes it as having “enough power to do light sketching and start creative processes”.

It is scheduled to launch from Wacom’s eStore in mid-September.

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