In mid-January 2014, Sharp announced a new ultra-portablet tablet having a 15.6-inch screen that utilises the IGZO LCD technology to ensure longer battery life.
The screen boasts the amazing WQHD (3200 x 1800 pixel) resolution which amounts to 235 ppi density. This is a 10-point capacitive touch type screen with 256-step digitizer with pen-pressure detection, making it suitable for drawing detailed graphics, or CAD (Computer-Aided Design).
Codenamed RW-16G1, this tablet is powered by an Intel Core i5-4200U processor: dual-core / 4-thread, clocked at 1.6 GHz, which features Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 for up to 2.60 GHz clock speed. The available secondary cache memory is 2 x 256 KB, and the tertiary cache is 3 MB.
The operating memory is 4 GB, non-upgradeable. The built-in graphics card is Intel ® HD Graphics 4400. And storage is provided by a 128 GB SSD.
Connectivity is ensured by a wireless card supporting IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (draft) standards and Bluetooth® 4.0 + HS. The tablet has built-in wireless access point (tethering) functionality and NFC support.
The RW-16G1 has built-in stereo speakers and a dual microphone, as well as an accelerator, geomagnetic, gyroscopic, and illumination sensors.
Onboard is also a Trusted Platform Module ver. 1.2: a dedicated microprocessor for integrating cryptographic keys into devices.
The tablet comes with Windows 8.1 Pro x64 pre-installed, which can be downgraded to Windows 7 Professional x32, should the client so desire. Microsoft Office Home or Business 2013 editions can be purchased additionally.
The RW-16G1 measures 382.8 mm x 244.5 mm x 12.5 mm, and weighs 1250 grams. The bundled accessories include a touch pen and a AC charger.
Like the Mebius Pad, this tablet will be extremely difficult to sell despite the special features which make it suitable for truly professional deployment – 260,000 Yen or 2,500 USD.
* Price update: Checked on 14 September 2018, there is only one sale ad on Yahoo Japan with an asking price of almost 65,000 Yen or 580 USD.
Date added/updated: 14 September 2018 – 23:30
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