Sharp's Android Aquos Pad boasts an IGZO LCD display

  • 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.