Wacom, the brand known for digitizing technology is a company very familiar with the tablet market. Wacom creates technology that allows stylus and pen input on touchscreens, and their technology is available on literally dozens of devices currently on the market. Now Wacom has announced that it will be entering the mobile hardware market by building its own tablet that will be released in the summer of this year.
While the name Wacom is not going to be known to most, we are actually really excited to see what the company can deliver. Wacom has huge experience and expertise in the tablet market, so we are expecting some good results. The company will be taking advantage of its knowledge and has said that its tablet will have a smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features” not currently available in other tablets.
The Wacom tablet will not quite be going toe-to-toe with the iPads of the world; instead the company says that it is targeting the creative professional with its upcoming product. We have no indication as to which operating system the slate will run on as Wacom’s stylus technology is currently on use on Android devices such as the Galaxy Note range, and on a variety of Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.
We could see the tablet on either OS but for the time being we are veering more towards Windows, simply because Microsoft’s OS is more suited to the professional market that Wacom is targeting. Samsung has recently bought a 5% stake in Wacom, but it is unclear if the Korean electronics giant has any influence in the tablet, although we suspect not as the slate has been in development for some time.
The company did not offer any price details, but if the aspirations of the tablet are maintained and it does come with Windows 8, then we suspect it could cost around the $8-900 mark, which would put it in the same price bracket as the Surface Pro from Microsoft.