Sharp unveiled its first tablet offering at CEATEC Japan 2013 on Monday (Sept. 30). The new 10.1-inch tablet features Sharp’s own state-of-the-art IGZO display technology. For damage prevention purposes, the device is both waterproof and dustproof.
Sharp’s first tablet offering, the Mebius Pad boasts a high resolution of 2560 x 1600 with pixel density at 300 ppi, built into Sharp’s own IGZO display technology. Short for indium gallium zinc oxide, IGZO is a new semiconductor material used for LCD displays. This same type of display is rumored to be featured in the upcoming iPad 5 and is already being used in Japan on smaller devices.
The Mebius Pad is both waterproof and dustproof, a common feature found on most devices in Japan. Under the hood is Intel’s latest Atom Z3770 “Bay Trail” processor along with Microsoft’s latest Windows 8.1 software. Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 is included free with the standard Windows 8.1 OS version of the Mebius Pad, but is not included in the Windows 8.1 Pro model. Geared toward business professionals, Sharp’s new tablet comes with an optional stylus pen. The Mebius Pad is 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi capable.
As Engadget reported, the Mebius Pad is in the process of being certified for it’s water and dust resistant features. The tablet will launch in Japan in January 2014 and not likely to be released in the U.S. anytime soon. Should the Mebius Pad ever be released in the global market, it would join other 10-inch Windows 8.1 tablets like Microsoft’s Surface RT and Surface Pro 2. It could also rival the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, which also feature resolutions of 2560 x 1600, the highest number of pixels compared to other tablets on the market.