Wacom's Cintiq Goes Mobile

                          Wacom's Cintiq Goes Mobile

New Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Companion Hybrid creative tablets for Windows
8 and Android respectively, deliver professional pen-on-screen performance for
users longing to work wherever and whenever they want

PR Newswire

VANCOUVER, Wash., Aug.19, 2013

VANCOUVER, Wash., Aug.19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Staying on top of evolving
trends in the creative community and responding to frequent requests from
professional customers, Wacom^® extends the creative experience from the
desktop to a mobile environment with the new Cintiq^® Companion line of
creative tablets.

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The Cintiq Companion line, available in two models, enables creative
professionals to work wherever they want. The Cintiq Companion runs Windows 8
and full versions of creative software and offers everything a customer would
expect from Wacom's Cintiq products. The Cintiq Companion Hybrid, on the other
hand, is a traditional Cintiq when plugged into a Mac or PC, but when used as
a mobile device, works as a stand-alone Android^® tablet with enough power to
do light sketching and start creative processes with suitable apps. The new
tablets were developed to bring unprecedented freedom to the creative
workflow. They also ensure a distinct Cintiq experience even in mobile use,
leveraging key elements of the Cintiq 13HD and Cintiq 22HD touch, for example,
full HD display with touch control and the Wacom Pro Pen with 2048 levels of
pressure sensitivity as well as tilt recognition.

Make the world your studio - Create anytime, anywhere with Cintiq Companion
Nowadays, creative professionals require high performance hardware and
software that enable them to create in a variety of environments including
studios, client offices, coffee shops, planes, trains and many more. The
Cintiq Companion supports creative freedom by offering everything necessary
for productive art and design work whether in the studio or on the go.
Providing an all-purpose, mobile workstation, it is a fully-fledged Windows 8
tablet, powered by a 3rd generation Intel^® Core™ processor and Intel^® HD
Graphics 4000 that pack a punch whether designing a character, or retouching a
photo. For excellent creative results, Wacom offers two models. One with 8GB
memory and 256GB SSD with Windows 8 and the other with 8GB memory, 512GB SSD
with Windows 8 Pro.

"We are pleased that the Cintiq Companion has been designed with the needs of
creative professionals in mind. With Wacom, we worked together to select the
best combination of features to make it an excellent mobile platform for
Adobe^® Photoshop^®," said Maria Yap, senior director of product management at
Adobe. "The Cintiq Companion is optimized for the latest version of Photoshop
Creative Cloud ™ and gives creative professionals a way to get out of the
studio and create wherever they feel most inspired."

"We are excited to have worked closely with Wacom over the last year to bring
the Cintiq Companion to reality," said Chris Silva, Intel director of
marketing for premium notebooks. "Intel's powerful yet compact processors
together with Wacom's expertise in creative pen displays brought to life the
Cintiq Companion, a product very different from any other in that it's
designed specifically for people in visual arts who need a professional
solution to draw, sketch and paint when mobile."

Cintiq Companion Hybrid - the digital sketchpad on the go
For illustrators and designers who want to draw, sketch and paint when mobile,
but who also want to use their professional software when connected to a Mac
or PC, the Cintiq Companion Hybrid  offers a 'two-in-one' solution. The Cintiq
Companion Hybrid functions as a traditional Cintiq when connected to a Mac or
PC. When unplugged, it is perfect for light, spontaneous work using Android^™
apps. The tablet comes with a powerful Nvidia^®  Tegra^®  4 processor, Android
Jellybean and specially designed software such as the new Wacom Creative
Canvas for painting and sketching. For further refinement when back in the
studio, rough images can be easily transferred to a computer or shared
directly to popular cloud services with the easy and pre-loaded ASTRO File
Manager^™. Two versions of the Cintiq Companion Hybrid are available, a 16GB
version and a 32GB version.

All of the time-savers that professionals expect from a Wacom Cintiq are
integrated in both the Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Companion Hybrid, including
the customizable new on-screen controls, ExpressKeys, Rocker Ring and Radial
Menu. To enable a truly mobile working style, the Cintiq Companion family
packs some impressive mobile communications features such as WiFi
connectivity, Bluetooth^® (version 4.0 for Cintiq Companion and version 3.0
for Cintiq Companion Hybrid), front/rear HD cameras (2M pixels/8M pixels),
stereo headset jack and microphone for hosting calls or streaming movies.

As creative professionals require comfort and ergonomics to offset long
working hours, an adjustable and detachable stand is also included with both
products, offering four working angles – from flat to upright.

"The new Cintiq Companion line enables mobile creatives to carry out their
jobs without compromising on the high performance required for delivering
professional-grade design and artistic output," said Don Varga, professional
products brand director at Wacom Americas. "This is a truly ground-breaking
product line that redefines the way creative professionals work, empowering
artists and designers to immerse themselves in their work without being
confined to a traditional studio or office."

Pricing and Availability
The Cintiq Companion Hybrid models are priced at $1499 (USD) for the 16GB and
$1599 (USD) for the 32GB. Both products will be available from Wacom's eStore
in mid-September. The Cintiq Companion models are offered at $1999 (USD) for
the Windows 8 with 256GB SSD and $2499 (USD) for the Windows 8 Pro with 512GB
SSD. The Cintiq Companion models are scheduled to appear at the Wacom eStore
in October.

To pre-order a Wacom Cintiq Companion or Companion Hybrid in the US, please
visit the Wacom eStore and follow the ordering instructions.

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Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
NVIDIA and Tegra 4 are trademarks and /or registered trademarks of NVIDIA
Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks and
trade names are those of their respective owners.

About Wacom
Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural
interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of pen
tablets, interactive pen displays and other digital interface solutions. The
advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create
some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashions and
designs around the world. Wacom devices provide business and home users with
the ability to explore digital content in a comfortable and natural way.

For more information, please contact:
Douglas A. Little
Sr. Public Relations Manager
Wacom Technology Services, Corp.
360-896-9833 x174
douglas.little@wacom.com

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