We first heard about Wacom’s plans to release a tablet PC for creative pros earlier this year, and now we’re happy to report that the slate company is finally ready to show off the Cintiq Companion tablets. And yes, you read that right, there are two coming up. Check them out below.
Cintiq Companion Hybrid: The Android Wacom Tablet
The first one runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and packs an Nvidia Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16/32 GB of internal storage. You can use the microSD card slot in case you find yourself in need of further space. Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, micro-HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, and 2 cameras (2 MP front, 8 MP rear). According to the announcement, the Hybrid will be a typical Android tablet PC on its own, though you can still sketch on it using the pre-loaded apps or sketching apps from the Play Store. When connected to a computer, it turns into a Cintiq graphics tablet and it’s compatible with Windows 7 and OS X 10.6.8 operating systems.
Cintiq Companion: The Windows Wacom Tablet
The second one runs on either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, and packs an Intel Core i7-3517U Ivy Bridge CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 256/512 GB SSD. It features 2 USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and the same cameras as its Android sibling.
The two are similar in a number of ways. Both are equipped with 13.3 inch IPS displays that can support a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with multi-touch input and 2048 levels of pen pressure. They are also similar form factor-wise. Both will come with an adjustable and detachable stand, a case, and a Pro Pen with a case and 9 replacement nibs.
Pricing and Availability
The Cintiq Companion line is definitely geared toward creative professionals, though if you want one of these, you may have to break open that piggy bank. The 16 GB Hybrid model will retail for US $1499, while the 32 GB model will set you back at least $1599. The 256 GB Windows 8 model will set you back $1999, while the 512 GB Windows 8 Pro model will cost a whopping $2499.
Quite the investment, don’t you think? We’re sure it’ll be worth it for a select few, but if you’re just a casual consumer, you may want to look elsewhere. Anyway, according to Wacom, we’ll be seeing these babies on the Wacom eStore in October.