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Panasonic 4K Toughpad
If you're looking for a premium -- and super-sized -- Windows 8 tablet for your business, Panasonic's new 4K Toughpad could be your answer. Announced back at CES, the massive -- and massively priced -- 20-inch Toughpad was presented in more detail at IFA. As its name suggests, it features 3,840x2,560 resolution and lets you use all 10 fingers on its touchscreen. An Intel Core i5 processor will power either of two configurations: one with 4GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive, the other with double the memory and storage. A digital pen is among optional equipment. A tablet for professionals through and through, the base 4K Toughpad will sell for an astounding $6,000 when it's launched in November, with the more powerful version obviously even more expensive.
Acer Iconia A3
Those in the market for something a little less expensive than the Toughpad might appreciate Acer's Iconia A3, a 10-inch companion to the 7.9-inch Iconia A1 budget Android tablet. As a cheaper alternative to Google's Nexus 10, the A3 pales in terms of resolution (a pedestrian 1,280x800) and, according to CNET's hands-on eval, build quality. But it also appears to be about $100 cheaper, though it may not reach these shores. Africa, Europe, and the Middle East will get a chance to purchase the Iconia A3 in October.
Asus Memo Pad 8 and 10
More budget Android options come from Asus, which displayed two new Memo Pads tablets. Going up from the Memo Pad 7, the Memo Pad 8 provides more screen real estate, though it's saddled with 1,280x800 resolution. You also only get 8GB of built-in storage, but the microSD card slot gives you a way to add capacity. The Memo Pad 10 offers a choice of 8GB or 16GB models, though the 8-inch flavor gets a 5-megapixel rear camera compared to its larger sibling's 2-megapixel cam. Either version comes in a choice of white, gray, or pink color choices. and Asus is selling an optional TriCover case, which, like the Transformer Pad TF701T's optional case, allows you to stand the Memo Pad up for hands-free viewing. No pricing yet, but given that the Memo Pad 7 was introduced at $149, don't expect iPad-like -- or even Nexus-like -- price tags.