Wacom's Cintiq series (pictured above) requires an attached computer to work, but the company says it is working on a standalone mobile device for design pros.
You probably know the brand Wacom, and you probably know them for tablet peripherals used as computer input interfaces. Wacom targets its tablets mostly at the creative industries, but the company also supplies the underlying technologies for portable devices that require pressure-sensitive input, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note series and the Microsoft Surface Pro.
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It seems, though, that there is quite some demand from among Wacom users to build their own standalone tablets, noting that Wacom's current devices require a host computer to operate. On Wacom's Facebook page, they hint at developing their own portable tablet line, and the company is actually “working 24/7 on it.”
We’ve read your email and spoken to many about an on-the-go dream device. It will come. This summer. We’re working 24/7 on it. And yes, it has a real pressure-sensitive professional pen, smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets.
Wacom has shared no other information, although given the choices for operating systems we have today, the standalone tablet will likely run Android. Windows 8 might be an option for Wacom, given how the Surface Pro had been lauded as likewise effective for professional creative work. But there's one question, of course: price. Wacom targets creative and design professionals, after all. And its latest Cintiq line, which comes with a built-in screen, sells for at least $899. And that's for a tablet that requires an attached computer to work.
Will Wacom price its tablet competitively? Of course, we can consider that touch-based UIs and technology have gone a long way since Wacom introduced its Cintiq line about six years ago, so that's bound to drive prices down. But if Wacom will be targeting its tablet toward pros and high-end users rather than consumers, then this should not be much of a concern.
Is anyone excited for a standalone tablet that will let design and creative professionals work while on the move?