Wacom is readying a pressure-sensitive tablet of its own. The source of this “rumor”? Wacom itself, via its Facebook page. And being from Wacom, it’ll have a pressure-sensitive pen, plus multi touch and some more mystery features.
We’ve heard you shouting out loud for a Wacom mobile tablet for creative uses. Well… we’re listening. 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.
Sounds pretty great, huh? And while Wacom occasionally makes weird products like the Inkling, when it comes to pens and tablets it’s still the gold standard.
So what could is be like? My guess is an Android-based tablet (why not, right? There’s no point writing a new OS when you can grab an almost-adequate one off the shelf) with a VGA port, a serial port and… Kidding! It’ll most likely be similar to every other tablet, but I’d bet that it’ll put in a few of buttons on the bezels for drawing-specific stuff. In fact, take a look at a Cintiq (pictured above) and imagine it as a self-contained device and you’ll probably not be far off the mark.
The iPad is starting to fall behind here. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is, by some accounts, pretty awesome for drawing thanks to its built-in Wacom tech, and yet iPad owners have to get by with crappy third-party styluses that attempt to add pressure sensitivity.
Maybe Apple will add a stylus API in iOS 7? One that would let Wacom make awesome styluses to make drawing on the iPad more like drawing on paper and less like using an Etch-a-Sketch. Until then, creatives should go buy a Surface Pro (ha!) or wait until Wacom’s summer release.
- Via John Nack