New 7-inch Sharp tablet to ship in 2015, packs IGZO & MEMS display technologies

New 7-inch Sharp tablet to ship in 2015, packs IGZO & MEMS display technologies
Sharp announced a new tablet notable for mixing two unorthodox display technologies - Sharp's own energy-efficient IGZO tech, and Qualcomm's light-reflecting Mirasol project. combining these power-saving technologies is expected to result in an extra-thin tablet with the battery life of a monochrome e-ink display, color reproduction that's said to rival that of OLED panels, and enhanced outdoor visibility.

For one reason or another, both technologies are very rare in the consumer market. IGZO displays are found mostly in the iPad Air and some Sharp smartphones sold in Japan, while Qualcomm's Mirasol panels are only used in its Toq smartwatch - even though the company has already shown off a 5.1-inch QHD display (2560x1440 resolution, 577ppi).

Aside from its futuristic display technology, the unnamed tablet isn't incredibly spectacular. It features a 7-inch 1280x800 display and it's powered by a somewhat aged Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU. The tab runs Android 4.4, and there will be both LTE/3G and Wi-Fi connected models. The tablet will start selling in 2015, but prices and market availability aren't mentioned.

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9 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

SHARP Extremely unique Extremely Overpriced

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Hey Sharp, what happened to them bezels? We love the ACUOS CRYSTAL design, why must this device differ? I know this is a tablet and bezels are beneficial, but you can slim it a little.

3. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Doubtful it will reach most markets.

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Snapdragon 800 an aged processor? Since when?

5. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Im more suprised it comes with 1280x800 display.

6. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Wow S800 with 800p ~ Its performance will be match with Xperia Z1c ~ xD

7. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Sharp's technology is already 3 years old, and 3 years in this industry is a lifetime. Still to expensive, still not mass produced. Everyone else has past them up.

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Hm. I thought the tablet would at least have a 2560x1440 display like the 577ppi smartphone.

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2327; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

IGZO is dated now. LTPS is a more high-quality, energy efficient semiconductor to have on the panel for a display. Mirasol isn't going to be naturally bright either as it relies on external energy factors for its luminescence, mainly. OLED and the future QLED is where it's at and what they should be focusing on.

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