Wacom Companion and Hybrid, with Windows or Android, bring pro graphics and stylus sensitivity at a consumer price

Wacom has unveiled two new consumer tablets, offering professional-grade graphics and stylus sensitivity, from $1,500 (£950).

Compared to its first foray into consumer tablets, with the Wacom Cintiq 13HD that needed to be connected to a computer, this is the first truly portable designer's tablet sporting Windows 8 or Android.

The two versions are the Companion Hybrid, which runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and the Companion, which sports Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Both come with an eye watering 13-inch TFT LCD display running a 1920 x 1080 resolution at 700:1 contrast. Another point about this pro-grade screen is the 16.7 million colours, which amounts to 75 per cent of the Adobe RGB gamut - colour us impressed.

But the specs don't stop there. The Pro Pen is capable of 2048 levels of pressure. More than enough for noobs and pros-on-the-go alike. For ease of control they'll come with the ExpressKeys and Rocker Ring of the Cintiq 13HD, plus customisable controls with multitouch gestures. And you'll get 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (4.0 for Companion and 3.0 for Companion Hybrid).

So what about grunt? The Cintiq Companion (that's the Windows version) runs a third-gen Intel Core i7, has 8GB RAM and either a 256GB SSD (Windows 8) or 512GB SSD (Windows 8 Pro). The Windows 8 version will cost you $2,000, while the Windows 8 Pro model goes for $2,500. These will arrive in October.

The Cintiq Companion Hybrids (Android) will sport a Tegra 4 and come with 16GB at $1,500 or 32GB at $1,600 and are due out mid-September.



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