Sharp has taken the wraps off its new tablet, the Aquos Pad SHT21, which features the freshly-unveiled indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel. According to Sharp, the Aquos Pad SHT21 is the first tablet to sport said display. Meanwhile, the first smartphone have an IGZO display panel is the SH-02E smartphone, also from Sharp. Sharp claims that the IGZO technology will increase the tablet’s battery life to 2.5 times more than what is commonly offered by tablets. This is due to the IGZO panel’s high level of translucency as opposed to that found on TFT LCD screens. Thus, IGZO displays require less LEDs that are needed for backlighting.
The Aquos Pad SHT21’s display spans 7 inches and comes with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Inside, the device runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor alongside a full gigabyte of RAM. It furthermore offers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Whether Sharp will roll out an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is still unknown, however. It comes with support for a digital pen that allows for writing on its touchscreen display, just as if one is doing so on paper, reportedly. The device also supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth version 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, MHL and NFC in terms of connectivity. There is also 16GB of storage capacity onboard as well as a microSD card slot that allows for expansion should the need arise. Dual cameras are also found on the tablet: a front-facing VGA camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The tablet is resistant against water and dust. It furthermore weighs only 280 grams. Thus, it can be comfortably held in one hand while the other handles the digital pen.
The Aquos Pad SHT21 is expected to be launched in Japan through KDDI around the middle of December. At this point, however, it is unknown whether it will be sold internationally.