Sharp announces world's first IGZO tablet

Sharp has announced the first tablet to employ IGZO technology, which will debut in Japan in December this year.

The Aquos Pad SHT 21 will sport a 7in IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800. The new technology is said to be able to deliver sharper images while consuming less battery power, with Sharp claiming its upcoming tablet will last over twice as long as rival devices, on a single charge. The device will boast a 3,460mAh battery.

IGZO screens are more translucent than standard thin film transistor versions, allowing light to penetrate them more easily. Therefore, fewer LEDs are required to deliver backlighting, meaning that less overall energy is necessary to power the device.

Additionally, the Aquos Pad's screen allegedly features superior touch accuracy, which is why the tablet will come with its own stylus.

Aside from the advanced screen, the tablet will include a dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 chip clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (and a microSD slot), NFC and 4G LTE support.

It will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Plans to roll the tablet out outside of Japan have not yet been revealed, but a device that should dominate all of its rivals in such an important area is sure to interest consumers all over the world.

The first phone to incorporate IGZO technology was launched by Sharp last week.