After unveiling the world’s first ever smartphone sporting an IGZO panel last week, Sharp continues its mission to make the new technology popular by introducing the first tablet with such a display. The Aquos Pad SHT21 is the (tongue-twisting) name of the 7-inch tab scheduled to get a Japanese launch on KDDI sometime in mid-December, and, while it will probably never get out of Asia, we can’t stop drooling over it.
According to Sharp, the indium gallium zinc oxide display of the SHT21 will help the 7-incher boast a battery life of up to two and a half times greater than that of a regular tablet. That is one bold statement, and, although we can’t imagine the 3,460 mAh battery being capable of actually running for 24 hours between charges, we should definitely keep an eye on the tab's real life autonomy.
Other than the supposed low-power display, the Aquos Pad SHT21 looks good, but not great, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 CPU and 1 GB of RAM under its hood. The screen’s resolution is definitely not impressive (only 1280 x 800 pixels), but the 280 grams weight and 9.4 mm thickness sound quite juicy.
The 7-incher will only run Android 4.0 ICS upon launch with no Jelly Bean upgrade announced yet, but the 4G LTE speeds should help ease that pain. The pen optimization also sounds special, while the rest of the features are pretty standard and include 16 GB of internal memory, microSD support, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL, and NFC. There’s also protection against water and dust, but that's again standard for Asian gadgets.
No words on pricing just yet, but I would start saving up if I were you and thinking of getting the Aquos Pad SHT21. It might not be the snappiest tab in the world, but that display could be worth a lot of dough.