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Sharp AQUOS Pad SHT21 Tablet Arrives in Japan – Specs and Features

Sharp redefines the concept of energy-efficient performance with the AQUOS Pad SHT21. This 7-inch tablet, which is slated to make its debut in Japan by the middle of December, features the low-power IGZO LCD technology, which is touted to boost battery life by 2 and a half times compared to what its predecessor can deliver. The SHT21 is the second device from Sharp that features this advanced technology. It had its debut just a few days ago when the AQUOS Zeta SH-02E was unveiled by Sharp.

This cutting-edge LCD technology by Sharp results to smaller pixels than the ones generated by the current crop of tab screens. This translates to reduced backlight and power requirements by its display while maintaining its high precision touchscreen functionality. Incidentally, Sharp is a major supplier of Apple, and there have been rumors that the iPad mini will also feature this LCD technology. IGZO stands for indium gallium zinc oxide. The LCD technology was showcased by the company in their 13-inch, 10-inch and 7-inch displays during the CEATEC event last month in Japan.

The AQUOS Pad SHT21 tablet, which has created quite a ripple, offers a broad range of possibilities. With the IGZO LCD technology, device creators can come up with smaller gadgets without cutting down on battery life or add extra juices without increasing the size of the battery. This LCD technology is also the way to go for gadgets with brighter screens and those suited for outdoor use. For the SHT21, it is clear that the LCD technology is being harnessed for extended usability while offering the option of an ultra-bright display, which will come in handy when the slate is used outdoors.

Sharp AQUOS Pad SHT21

The 7-inch AQUOS Pad SHT21 touts a 1280 x 800p screen resolution, and under the hood of this slate is a 1.5GHz dual core processor, which is matched with a 1GB RAM. Additionally, the tablet comes out of the box preloaded with the Android 4.0 OS. However, Sharp has yet to release details of future upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It also supports digital pen writing on the slate’s touchscreen display, and according to some sources, the experience is akin to writing on ordinary paper.

As for connectivity, the AQUOS Pad SHT21 supports NFC, MHL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth ver. 4.0 and 4G LTE. It also offers an onboard 16GB storage capacity and an option for memory expansion through its microSD card slot. Furthermore, the SHT21 tablet also features a front-facing VGA camera and an 8MP camera on the rear side. This 280-gram Android device from Sharp is highly resistant to dust and water and it can snugly fit one hand while the digital pen is held by the other hand.

The AQUOS Pad SHT21 will have its debut in Japan by the middle of December through KDDI. As of this writing, Sharp has not released any details yet on their plans for the other markets.


Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.

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