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Sharp Aquos Pad... an iPad Mini Killer?

News by admin on Saturday May 16, 2015.

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Aquos Pad
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Sharp has had a good week, the company launched the hugely compelling Aquos ZETA SH-03G smartphone and has now followed that up with an equally enticing tablet. The Japanese heavyweight announced the Aquos Pad SH-05G, a slate that on first impressions places itself among the best Android tablets on the market with its premium build (a metal body) and high end specs.

It is certainly one of the most powerful tablets on the market and for the time being is the best spec'd too. It comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, a chipset that is immensely powerful, even if it is suffering a PR nightmare with overheating issues. We are still getting to the bottom of whether these problems are widespread or even fully legitimate, so for the time being the 64-bit octa-core processor should be given the benefit of the doubt.

The Sharp Aquos Pad is a small slate with a 7-inch screen, although that panel is Full HD and features the company's IGZO technology that conserves battery power by refreshing less when a still image is shown. As with Sharp?s recent smartphone output, the Aquos Pad features a barely there bezel, so this is a truly compact 7-inch slate, while it weighs just 210 grams.

Other specs include 2GB of RAM, a sizeable 3,900 mAh juicer, 32GB of internal storage that is supplemented by the inclusion of a micro SD card slot, and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. In terms of imaging, the Aquos Pad SH-05G comes with a 8 megapixel rear main camera and a 2 megapixel front facing lens.

Sharp has yet to reveal the price of the tablet that will arrive in Japan (through Docomo) during July, while the company has not said if the device will get a wider global release... we sure hope so.

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