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Sharp's inaugural Windows 8 tablet: 10.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 IGZO display
The annual trade show known as CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) is in full swing and first out of the gate is Sharp’s Windows 8 tablet, the Mebius Pad. It may have an unusual name but there’s nothing odd about the screen: a 10.1-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 resolution IGZO display – the highest resolution Windows 8 slate yet.
Engadget was on hand for the reveal and got some hands-on time with the slate. Sharp even provided onlookers with a magnifying glass to get a close-up look at the tightly-packed pixels. The publication found the display looked good in person and was surprisingly bright.
The slate is also noteworthy in that it is both water and dust-proof (certifications pending for IPX5, IPX7 and IP5X) which is reportedly the latest trend for virtually any electronic device in Japan. Elsewhere, however, the Mebius Pad isn’t anything too exciting to write home about.
It’s powered by Intel’s quad-core Z3370 Atom processor and will be available with LTE radios in certain regions. It’s said to be suitably thin and light with a rear shell that looks like something Sony might have recently released.
With Windows 8.1 / Office and the high resolution display, it’s no surprise that Sharp will market the device to business professionals for use with spreadsheets, documents and the like. Unfortunately it’s not likely to leave Japanese soil once it launches in early 2014 but if it does, it could serve as an interesting alternative to Microsoft’s upcoming Surface 2 Pro if the price is right.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
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