Sharp unveils the Aquos Pad SHT21 tablet with an IGZO display
The Japanese manufacturer Sharp has announced that it will soon start selling a new tablet equipped with a low-power panel. The device is called Aquos Pad SHT21 and offers a high-definition IGZO display. Reportedly, the screen uses 90% less energy and is built using Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide semiconductors that deliver improved pixel resolution and density. According to an Engadget report, the slate PC will be released in Japan on the KDDI carrier sometime this coming December.
The Aquos Pad is reportedly driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 central processing unit with two cores operating at a frequency of 1.5GHz. Furthermore, users are provided with the above-mentioned IGZO touchscreen LCD (touch/pen input) that measures 7 inches in diagonal and has a native resolution of 1280-by-800 pixels.
Sharp’s upcoming portable device also features 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash memory and an integrated microSDXC card reader for expanding storage. Connectivity-wise, this model sports a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) complemented by Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G LTE radios.
Weighing 280g (about 0.62lbs), the Aquos Pad SHT21 is apparently based on an Android 4.0 operating system and its battery life is 2.5 times that of its predecessor.