Sharp's Android Aquos Pad boasts an IGZO LCD display

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Sharp has gone official with its latest Android tablet dubbed the Aquos SHT21 Pad, which is slated to hit streets in Japan by mid-December.

The device boasts a seven-inch screen and is one of the first tablets to feature the company's IGZO LCD display technology with a display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

IGZO is an acronym for indium gallium zinc oxide - and is essentially a display composed of a semiconducting material that is more translucent than a traditional LCD display. Meaning, it requires less brightness and a reduced amount of power to produce the same clear image in comparison to a LCD sceeen.

The tablet weighs a cool 280 g, making it lighter than even the Google Nexus 7. The device runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor paired with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The Aquos is also equipped with a microSDHC memory card slot for storage expansion, along with integrated Wi-Fi and 4G LTE capability.

Additional specs include NFC support, an eight-megapixel rear camera, a front camera appropriate for video calls, support for pen-based input, integrated Bluetooth 4.0, a TV tuner and a 3460 mAh battery.

Unfortunately, we don't know at the tablet will be making it to US shores, but if it does, the Aquos will undoubtedly find a very welcome reception from Android enthusiasts looking for high-res, low power sipping mobile device.