Sharp has been showing off a 10.1” prototype of a tablet aimed at the education market, according to NetBookNews. With Apple making a strong play for moving its iPad into more education settings, Sharp’s not-yet-released offering for that same market bears examination.
Sharp Education Tablet Prototype - More Photos Below the Fold
(All images via NetBookNews)
The device features a 1280 x 800 resolution and will be available with either Windows 8 or Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It also has a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera on a VGA camera on the front. Sharp is claiming 12 hours of battery life, though such claims have yet to be tested.
According to NetBookNews writer Sascha Pallenberg, who originally posted the pictures on his Google+ site, the Sharp device will have optional biometric sensors, wireless charging, pen-based input, and an RFID alarm system. For ports, you’ll find HDMI, USB, and an SD card reader.
The screen is a six-point touch-sensitive display with 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and an accuracy level of 0.4 millimeters.
What wasn’t included was price or expected availability. It was presented as a prototype, however, rather than an early production model. In addition, Windows 8 isn’t expected to ship until later in 2012. Accordingly, if the device gets the nod for commercial release, it’s likely to also be later in 2012.
[Via The Digital Reader]
Sharp Tablet Prototype
The Other Side