According to Netbook News, Sharp has been showcasing the prototype device, which will run either Windows 8 or Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), at trade exhibitions, in the hope of attracting interest in the device.
In terms of specifications, the tablet looks handy enough. There’s a 1280 x 800 resolution display, a rear-facing 8MP camera as one of two cameras, and a claimed battery life of 12 hours, although this hasn’t yet been tested. The tablet is based on Intel's Medfield chipset.
Connectivity options are not too bad either, as there are HDMI and USB ports, as well as a SD card reader. The tablet apparently also accepts pen input and supports wireless charging.
Sadly, there is no news on availability or pricing at this stage, and the latter could certainly fluctuate hugely depending on whether Sharp opts for Google’s Android or Microsoft’s Windows 8.
That said, Sharp has factories across the world for manufacturing TV and netbook-size LCD panels, so you would think that the Japanese company is already at a price advantage, especially considering the screen is seen to be the most expensive part of a tablet.
This possible launch will be good news for Sharp, considering its first and only tablets, from the Galapagos range, failed to inspire consumer sales in Japan. Indeed, the 5.5-inch and 10.8-inch Galapagos tablets were discontinued in September of last year.