Following months of teasers in the form of comics strips, Wacom has officially announced its pair of standalone mobile tablets. Set to roll out in September and October, respectively, are the Android-powered Cintiq Companion Hybrid and Windows 8/Windows 8 Pro-powered Cintiq Companion. As expected, these units are essentially the Cintiq 13HD with the same HD 1920 x 1080 pixel screen and Pro Pen with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and stand, plus newly added multi-touch functionality, WiFi, Bluetooth, headphone jack, microphone, audio speakers, and various multimedia ports.
Wacom still hasn't called it a "Cintiq" yet, but the drawing and graphics tablet company has revealed plenty of new details about its mystery mobile tablet. Still set for an August 20 debut, the unnamed HD tablet sporting Wacom's usual pressure-sensetive pen tech will also include two cameras (presumably front and rear-facing options). Additionally, the multi-touch tablet will let users set their own programmable gestures. As far as the tablet's appearance? If these drawings are any indication, it's going to look and work a whole lot like the Cintiq 13HD - right down to its adjustable stand.
It's been months since Wacom took to its social media accounts to tease its mysterious upcoming "on-the-go dream device" -- an HD graphics tablet with a pressure-sensitive pen, multi-touch, and "other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets" -- leaving many in the comics biz yearning for more info before they, say, spend a bunch of money on a Cintiq or Yiynova. Weekly details about the new mobile tablet began rolling out at the end of July on Wacom's European Facebook page in the form of intentionally goofy comics strips of all things, but it wasn't until last week's third installment of "The Innovation Spy" that some juicy tidbits were revealed. Among them? It seems they'll run Windows and Android.
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