While Wacom is well-known among the creative community for its pen and tablet products, the company has actually been producing full-out tablet computers running Windows since 2013 when it launched its Cintiq Companion line.
In that vein, the company announced its new MobileStudio Pro tablet, which follows in the steps of the Cintiq Companion. While the Cintiq Companion only came in a 13.3-inch configuration, the MobileStudio Pro offers both 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch options, and is both thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
the Pro Pen 2 offers 8,192 levels of sensitivity
But given that this is a Wacom tablet, the most important parts are the pen and the screen, and the MobileStudio Pro improves on both of those areas. The screen now comes in 4K on the larger MobileStudio Pro 16 and 2K on the smaller MobileStudio Pro 13. Wacom has also updated the pen with the Pro Pen 2, which offers 8,192 levels of sensitivity — four times that of the Cintiq Companion — and unlike Apple’s Pencil or Microsoft’s Surface Pen, it doesn’t have batteries that need to be charged or replaced.
Despite the tablet form factor, Wacom offers some fairly powerful options when it comes to specs, starting at $1,499 for a sixth-generation Intel i5 Skylake processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD on the 13.3-inch model, all the way up to a $2,999 top-of-the-line 15.6-inch configuration with an Intel i7 processor, 512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 4GB of VRAM. Additionally, the maximum spec models of both sizes of the MobileStudio Pro also add an Intel RealSense 3D camera for 3D image capturing.
the MobileStudio Pro tablets can also function as a monitor and pen interface
Lastly, while the MobileStudio Pro tablets are standalone Windows 10 computers, they can still be connected like any of Wacom’s other tablets to another computer, where they can serve as a secondary monitor and pen interface.
Both the MobileStudio Pro 13 and MobileStudio Pro 16 are expected to ship sometime in November.