Sharp Announces the RW-16G1, a 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 Tablet

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Following its December announcement of the 10.1-inch Meibus Pad in the Japanese market, today Sharp unveiled the 15.6-inch RW-16G1 Windows 8.1 tablet.

Sharp Announces the RW-16G1An advertised resolution of 3200×1800 at 235ppi thanks to the IGZO screen will give the RW-16G1 a higher resolution than the MacBook Pro Retina (220ppi), but still below that of the 326ppi of the Apple iPad Mini Retina, which also uses Sharp’s IGZO technology.

IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) is a high-performance, ultra-high-definition transparent compound semiconductor material that is faster and more energy efficient than a traditional LCD screen. Sharp pioneered the production of IGZO LCD panels in 2012. The company hopes to see IGZO technology used in the future on such devices as mirrors that display the weather, plates that display calorie information, OLED displays, and more. But for now, the technology is being used on high-definition tablet PCs such as the Meibus Pad and RW-16G1.

Intended for business use, the RW-16G1 will have features such as screen-sharing software support for paperless conferences, as well as one-touch stylus handwriting via Sharp’s “Big Pad” software.

The 2.7 lb, 0.5-inch thick tablet is also set to feature an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, a Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card slot. It is advertised as running Windows 8.1 Pro, and will have a battery life of nine hours.

There is currently no slated price for the Sharp RW-16G1, but it will be available starting in March 2014.

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